The AAP MLA “Office of Profit” Crisis Explained Through School

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The AAP MLA “Office of Profit” Crisis Explained Through School

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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nce upon a time, Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party were the media’s darlings. They filled up the 24X7 news cycle, long before there was a Donald Trump and Karni Sena. But once in office, better sense prevailed as they got down to the work they were elected to do, a memo that Trump is yet to receive.

Now, however, the AAP is back in the news. President Kovind gave his assent yesterday, to disqualify 20 party MLAs after a recommendation by the Election Commission. The appointment of the MLAs was made two years ago, and the disqualification is on account of these folks holding an “office of profit”. Reading the legal jargon around it made our brains fade (to borrow from Steve Smith), so here’s an example to help understand it better.

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