The Delhi High Court today revoked the appointment of 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The HC order provided the Opposition an opportunity to mount their attack on the AAP government, with some of them demanding the resignation of the MLAs.
The AAP government’s counsel in the court admitted that the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries has become invalid in the light of HC’s previous landmark verdict which said that Delhi is a Union Territory and the L-G is not bound to work on the aid and advice of the elected government. Commenting on the judgement, former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan tweeted: “HC torpedoes AAPs attempt to give govt posts of Parl Secy to MLAs seeking to circumvent rule limiting ministers to 7”.
Congress leaders demanded the resignation of the 21 MLAs. “With the HC now striking down the appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries -It paves way for their removal by ECI on Office Of Profit!,” Delhi Congress leader Ajay Maken tweeted.
With the HC now striking down appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries-
It paves way for their removal by ECI on Office Of Profit!
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) September 8, 2016
Congress spokesperson was quoted as saying by IANS: “What AAP has done by appointing 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries is completely illegal and unconstitutional. All the 21 MLAs of the AAP should be disqualified.”
Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta tweeted, “HC orders removal of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries, thus exposing AAP’s claims of austerity. In reality, they appointed 28 mins instead of 7.”
HC orders removal of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries, thus exposing AAP’s claims of austerity. In reality, they appointed 28 mins instead of 7.
— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) September 8, 2016
BJP MP leader from east Delhi, Maheish Girri said, “As expected, Delhi High Court has quashed posts of Parliamentary Secretary held by 21 @AamAadmiParty MLAs.”
As expected, Delhi High Court has quashed posts of Parliamentary Secretary held by 21 @AamAadmiParty MLAs.
— Maheish Girri (@MaheishGirri) September 8, 2016
AAP had appointed 21 parliamentary secretaries to assist the Delhi government ministers. Thereafter, the state government sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997. However, the Bill didn’t receive Presidential assent.