EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs: Mamata Banerjee says constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday criticised the Election Commission for recommending disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs and said a constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta.

She also expressed support to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

"At this hour we are strongly with @arvindkejriwal and his team," she tweeted.

"A constitutional body cannot be used for political vendetta. The 20 AAP MLAs were not even given a hearing by the Hon EC. Most unfortunate. This goes against the principles of natural justice," she said.

The Election Commission is learnt to have recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind the disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.

In its opinion sent to the President this morning, the Election Commission said by occupying the post of parliamentary secretaries between 13 March, 2015 and 8 September, 2016, the MLAs held office of profit and were liable to be disqualified as legislators, highly-placed sources said.

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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2018 19:49:23 IST

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