Delhi Assembly Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, says he has 'given up the membership of his original political party'

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday disqualified rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law.

Press Trust of India August 02, 2019 21:25:31 IST
Delhi Assembly Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, says he has 'given up the membership of his original political party'
  • Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday disqualified rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law

  • The Speaker said his campaigning for the BJP and Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls indicated that he has

  • Mishra's disqualification takes effect from 27 January this year when he shared a stage with Manoj Tiwari and Vijay Goel against the Aam Aadmi Party

New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday disqualified rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra under the anti-defection law, saying his campaigning for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls indicated that he has "given up the membership of his original political party".

Delhi Assembly Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra says he has given up the membership of his original political party

File image of Kapil Mishra. PTI

According to an order issued by the speaker, Mishra's disqualification takes effect from 27 January this year when he shared a stage with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and the then Union minister Vijay Goel against the Aam Aadmi Party.

"His (Mishra's) various tweets, press conference, campaign etc. in favour of Narendra Modi and the BJP leave no one in doubt that the respondent (Mishra) has voluntarily given up the membership of his original political party," the order stated.

"Whether he has formally resigned from the AAP or taken the membership of the BJP formally is immaterial for a decision on his disqualification under Para 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule," it added.

Mishra issued a statement after his disqualification, in which he termed the speaker's order "illegal" and "undemocratic" and said he will challenge it in the court.

The order was issued on a petition of AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj seeking Mishra's disqualification from the Delhi Assembly. Mishra said he was ready to sacrifice his MLA's post for campaigning for PM Modi not just once, but "100 times".

"On one side there is a patriot on the other side is tukde-tukde gang- I stood with whole Delhi. I ran the 'all seven (Lok Sabha) seats for Modi' campaign recently, and (now) will run 'all 60 seats for Modi' in Assembly polls," he tweeted in Hindi.

Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 assembly constituencies. Mishra said the speaker's order will not stand the court's scrutiny even for a day. The order said that the AAP convener and leader of the legislature party Arvind Kejriwal had in a letter on 2 July stated that the party has no objection to the Karawal Nagar MLA being disqualified.

Three more rebel AAP MLAs - Anil Bajpayee, Devender Sehrawat and Sandeep Kumar - are facing the danger of disqualification on Bharadwaj's petition.

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