"The Election Commission recommending the disqualification of its 20 MLAs from the Delhi Assembly is one-sided and they have announced their recommendation without listening to our MLAs", Singh said in a press conference.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said a Constitutional body can not be used for political vendetta.
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AAP was quick to hit out at the EC, and said that it was acting at the behest of BJP-led Central government.
Justice Palli on Friday said she was not inclined to pass any order or issue notice and asked the EC to clarify the queries raised by her. "The MLAs were not given opportunity to present evidence with them". The EC gave its opinion to the president on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries. The commission has now concluded that the post of parliamentary secretary did indeed qualify as an office of profit.
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According to AAP leaders they will challenge the Election Commission decision in the Supreme Court.
The Congress has demanded that the same set of rules be applied by the ECI in BJP ruled Chhattisgarh too and the 11 MLAs be disqualified. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra cited corruption and criminal cases against AAP MLAs to claim that the party which started its political journey from India Against Corruption movement has become "I am corruption". On Saturday, Rai said that Joti was principal secretary in Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister and he was Modi's closest officer. And now, the election commission's decision to disqualify 20 ministers from the party has once again brought him closer to controversy. "By delaying the disqualification by three weeks, the EC helped AAP".
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"The recommendation on the 20 legislators is subjudice", the EC said and denied to comment on what the panel body conveyed to President Ram Nath Kovind. Although it had won 67 seats in the 2015 elections, four of its MLAs are now under suspension, and the Rajouri Garden seat went to the BJP in a by-poll. However, in the last five years, Arvind Kejriwal has not only systematically demolished these principle, he has reduced the party to a mere club-level functioning. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken also said the chief minister had lost the moral right to be in power. "20 of his party's MLAs were enjoying ministerial perks will now be disqualified", he said.