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AAP Demands Disqualification of 116 BJP MLAs in Madhya Pradesh for Holding Office of Profit

The party's MP convenor, Alok Agrawal, said that the party had raised the issue on July 4, 2016, and sought the disqualification of these MLAs, but no action was taken by the poll panel.

Vivek Trivedi | News18.com

Updated:January 22, 2018, 4:42 PM IST
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AAP Demands Disqualification of 116 BJP MLAs in Madhya Pradesh for Holding Office of Profit
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Bhopal: A day after the President approved the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in Delhi, the party demanded that the Election Commission take similar action against 116 BJP legislators in Madhya Pradesh as they too hold posts that come under the ambit of Office of Profit.

The party's MP convenor, Alok Agrawal, said that the party had raised the issue on July 4, 2016, and sought the disqualification of these MLAs, but no action was taken by the poll panel.

"We had submitted a written complaint to the Governor under Section 191(1)-A and Section 192 of the Constitution and under provisions of Public Representation Act 1951, but we did not get any response," he claimed.

The party once again urged the commission to immediately scrap the membership of 116 MLAs.

“Of the MLAs in question in 2016, most are members of Jan Bhagidari samitis of colleges which comes under office of profit," former state AAP secretary Akshay Hunka said. He said that while these MLAs are not paid salaries, they do get travel allowances from colleges.

"Two ministers - Paras Jain and Deepak Joshi – also hold office of profit by virtue of being office bearers of Indian Scout and Guide," he said, adding that several more ministers would have fallen under the ambit in the last couple of years.

The Congress, too, cornered the ruling BJP in the state over the office of profit row. "We had raised the issue of two ministers holding Offices of Profit at Indian Scout and Guide but state government claimed that these ministers are not drawing any perks," Congress spokesperson JP Dhanopia said.
| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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