In fresh trouble for ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, the Election Commission issued show cause notice to its 27 MLAs on a fresh petition seeking their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit. The petition was filed in June, and forwarded to the Commission by Rashtrapati Bhawan last month. The 27 MLAs include seven legislators against whom the EC is already considering a similar plea for holding the office of parliamentary secretaries. The list also includes Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, his deputy Rakhi Birla, former deputy speaker Bandana Kumari and estranged AAP MLA and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Pankaj Pushkar. The MLAs have been asked to file their responses by November 11. The petitioner has claimed that these MLAs hold posts of chairpersons of Rogi Kalyan Samitis of different government hospitals in Delhi without any sanctity of law.
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