As Delhi gets ready for MCD elections, reports have surfaced of a letter written to President Pranab Mukherjee drawing his attention towards an application submitted to him seeking disqualification of 11 MLAs of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in violation of the Office of Profit provisions.
Of them name of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan is also included.
In a letter to the President Pranab Mukherjee, BJP chief Manoj Tiwair has pointed out that they have been appointed co-chairpersons of District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) in violation of the Office of Profit provisions, urging him to forward it to Election Commission of India for speedy time bound disposal.
Those who have been named are MLAs Sanjiv Jha (Burari), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura), Pawan Sharma (Adarsh Nagar), Sridutt Sharma (Ghonda), Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Sarita Singh (Rohtash Nagar), Dinesh Mohania (Sangam Vihar), Amanatullah Khan (Okhla), Kailash Gehlot (Najafgarh) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).
While interacting with the reporters at a press conference, Tiwari said law in the matter is very clear and the government cannot appoint MLAs as co-chairpersons of DDMCs and it is the Municipal Councillors who are lawfully eligible for this appointment.
He pointed out that the detailed application presented before the President clearly established that contravening Section 14, 25, 2 (h) of Disaster Management Act, the Delhi Government has wrongfully appointed its MLAs to the District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) as reported by The Tribune.
Acting with a political bias, the Kejriwal government instead of appointing the Councillors, appointed its own MLAs, he said.
These appointments were made in repeat of the March 2015 initial violation of Office of Profit provisions when the government appointed 21 Parliamentary Secretaries, Tiwari said.