Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) condemned ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs

By on September 25, 2013


On July 10, the Supreme Court ruled that an MP, an MLA or an MLC  will be disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more. The Cabinet passed an ordinance negating the Supreme Court to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from disqualification.

Aam Aadmi Party Chief  Arvind Kejriwal said: “The passing of this ordinance is not only a severe blow to democracy but also exposes the intentions of the political class which has stooped to a new low to protect the corrupt.”

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia said: “We will not give any ticket to any corrupt leaders. It is our challenge that in all the 70 Vidhan Sabha seats, we will have clean politicians and even if anyone (corrupt person) comes, we will cancel his nomination.”

Aam Aadmi Party today said that it will challenge the ordinance through a PIL in the Supreme Court. Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “We have sought an appointment with President to request him not to sign ordinance. President’s office has informed he is out of town. Will be back tomorrow evening.”

BJP and CPI(M) also condemned the UPA government for passing the ordinance.

According to data available with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), there are 161 (30 per cent) MPs in Lok Sabha who have a tainted track record, and 78 of them have serious charges against them. In Delhi Assembly, there are around 32 [46 per cent] MLAs with criminal cases, of which eight MLAs have serious cases against them.

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