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Former Delhi Minister Raaj Kumar Anand disqualified from membership of assembly

In April this year, Anand has resigned from the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet and has also from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He cited allegations of corruption within the party as the reason for his decision to step down.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi New Delhi Updated on: June 14, 2024 18:13 IST
Raaj Kumar Anand
Image Source : FILE PHOTO Former Delhi Minister Raaj Kumar Anand

New Delhi: Former minister Raaj Kumar Anand has been disqualified from membership of the Delhi assembly, said Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday. Anand had resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the post of minister in the Delhi government in April to join the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

"He was given the date of June 10 for replying to the notice served to him but he did not reply. In the same notice, he was asked to be present physically on June 11 but he did not appear. He was given another chance to be physically present on June 14 but he did not come. His membership from the Delhi assembly has been terminated," Goel told PTI.

Raaj Kumar Anand joins BSP

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Anand had joined the Bahujan Samaj Party and had announced to contest polls from the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

Anand, who served as the social welfare minister in the Arvind Kejriwal Cabinet, tendered his resignation from his post on April 10. He had also announced his resignation from the primary membership of the AAP. This marks the first resignation from the Arvind Kejriwal government following the Delhi CM's arrest on March 21. Anand expressed his reason for resigning, stating, "AAP was born to fight corruption but today the party is stuck in a swamp of corruption. It has become difficult for me to work on the minister's post. I resigned from the post of minister and from the party as I can't connect my name with this corruption.

Anand, who was holding various portfolios including Social Welfare, alleged that there was no Dalit among the top leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He also took a swipe at Arvind Kejriwal who is in Tihar jail after being remanded in judicial custody in an excise policy-linked money laundering case and has failed to get any relief from the Delhi High Court. "From the Jantar Mantar, Arvind Kejriwal had said that the country will change once politics changes. The politics hasn't changed but the politician has changed," Anand said.

An MLA from the Patel Nagar Vidhan Sabha constituency, he won the 2020 Delhi Assembly Election from the Patel Nagar seat by defeating Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Pravesh Ratn with a margin of over 30,000 votes. He became the Delhi Cabinet minister in November 2022. He was also having additional charge of Labour and Employment, SC and ST, Land and Building, Cooperative and Gurudwara Elections departments.

Also Read: Former AAP minister Raaj Kumar Anand joins BSP, to contest Lok Sabha polls from New Delhi seat

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