AAP seeks rebel MLAs’ disqualification for joining BJP during LS elections

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AAP seeks rebel MLAs’ disqualification for joining BJP during LS elections

Saturday, 13 July 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj on Friday moved a petition seeking disqualification of its party rebel MLAs Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat’s claiming that they had joined the saffron party during the Lok Sabha polls in May.

Bhardwaj also alleged that the rebel MLAs have lied in the affidavits submitted in the Delhi Assembly about not joining the BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party).

He claimed that in the affidavits submitted by Bajpai and Sehrawat in reply to the petition, the duo have claimed that they have not joined the BJP and are with the AAP. The rebels MLAs have also demanded cross-examination of Bhardwaj.

“On May 3 and 6, the senior leadership of the BJP, including Shyam Jaju, Vijay Goel and Vijendra Gupta, held two press conferences to say that Anil Bajpai and Devinder Sehrawat have left AAP and joined the BJP,” he said.

Playing videos of the press conferences in question, he said, “All of Delhi was witness to the joining ceremony of these two MLAs. The saffron party even issued a press release to inform the media that the two AAP legislators have joined the BJP.”

“But yesterday, on sworn affidavits the two MLAs said that they are in AAP. They also said that all news reports about them joining the BJP are fabricated,” he said. He said the BJP has put a question mark on media’s credibility.

“Alternatively, is it the BJP that is trying to fool people? Senior leaders like Shyam Jaju, Vijendra Gupta and Vijay Goel should answer if they had inducted these MLAs in the BJP or not. Everyone has seen them welcoming the legislators into the BJP fold,” said Bhardwaj.

Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has also issued notices to other rebel AAP MLAs Kapil Mishra and Sandeep Kumar, on Bhardwaj’s petitions seeking their disqualification.

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