All the 25 ruling Congress and supporting independent MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh have submitted replies to the Election Commission on BJP petitions demanding disqualification of their assembly membership for holding offices of profit, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tako Dabi said on Wednesday.
Dabi said that he along with four other MLAs went to Delhi to submit the replies to the Election Commission on June 26, two days before the deadline.
He said the MLAs, including Chief Minister Gegong Apang, will not be affected as legislators in Arunachal Pradesh are immune from disqualification due to the Arunchal Pradesh Legislative Members (prohibition of disqualification) Act 1977, which was amended by the assembly last month.
The amended act with retrospective effect has already been notified.
Meanwhile commenting on Dabi's statement, BJP spokesman Tai Tadak said the amended act with retrospective effect is not acceptable to the party, as it will "institutionalise corruption and loot of public money".
He, however, said the BJP is not averse to continuation of membership of the MLAs against whom the party had petitioned, provided they are willing to relinquish their offices of profit and the ruling party is ready to get a fresh bill passed with consensus to maintain the "healthy spirit of the Constitution".