President Pranab Mukherjee’s rejection of the Delhi government Bill to exclude the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the office of profit has sparked a political war of words, with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal targeting PM Narendra Modi and alleging that the PM is not allowing him to govern.
The refusal by the President puts a question mark over the membership of 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, who have been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries by the Arvind Kejriwal government. For the same, AAP on Monday held an emergency meeting to deliberate on possible situation of its MLAs, who might lose membership of the Delhi Assembly.
Let’s have a look at the latest developments on this:
4.20 PM: Ajay Maken says Delhi will teach a lesson to the AAP government. Many AAP ministers have resigned in a year, what is the credibility of the Kejriwal-led government he asks
3.24 PM: People in Delhi are facing many problems related to water, electricity. I don’t know about you, but I am yet to get free W-Fi, says Meenakshi Lekhi.
3.23 PM: What AAP has done with regards to the appointment of these MLAs is illegal, says Meenakshi Lekhi
3.22 PM: BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi takes on AAP over the 21 MLA controversy, says everyone needs to follow the rule book.
3.01 PM: Aam Aadmi Party should be called Khas Aadmi Party (KAP), says Congress’ Ajay Maken
3.00 PM: AAP’s Gopal Rai is facing corruption charges. Shouldn’t Kejriwal step down too?, asks Congress’ Ajay Maken
2.59 PM: Congress launches twin attack on AAP
1.35 pm: Let EC decide on the Office of Profit, says AAP
1.28 pm: There have been no perks or remunerations done to the AAP Parliamentary Secretaries: AAP
1.22 pm: The President can reject a Bill only once. If it is sent by the Cabinet again, the President has to pass it, says AAP Spokesperson
1.18 pm: BJP is spreading rumors. AAP wants to work for the welfare of Delhi. Let us work, it’s a request: Ashutosh
1.16 pm: Parliamentary Secretaries in Punjab, Rajasthan, Karnataka,Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh are legal but not in Delhi?, questions AAP
1.15 pm: Centre is not letting us perform our duties, says AAP
1.12 pm: PM Modi stays out of the country half of the time, he is not concerned about the farmer suicides, drug menace in Punjab or the hike in prices of pulses. His attention is focussed on how to defeat Arvind Kejriwal, says AAP spokesperson Ashutosh.
1.11 pm: Why PM behaves indifferent with AAP government, says Sanjay Singh
1.10 pm: Narendra Modi’s slogan is ‘Na Kaam Karunga, Na Kaam Karne Dunga’: AAP
1.09 pm: BJP is fighting us via the President of India: AAP
BJP should not lie. Why it is dragging PRESIDENT in this controversy. Every body knows it is MODI’s decision to reject bill.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) June 14, 2016
1.07 pm: It is because the NDA govt disapproved the Bill beforehand, that it was rejected by the President, says AAP
12.53 pm: AAP government tried to bring an unlawful law to hide its sins, says Yogendra Yadav
12.40 pm: Meanwhile, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai resigns citing health grounds. PWD and Health minister Satyendra Jain to take charge of Transport ministry.
12.10 pm: This is a constitutionally and ethically fraud, says Ajay Maken on the appointment on 21 MLAs.
11.52 pm: Patra also said, “when they took their oath, they came in metro, e-rickshaw and other simple modes of transport as they are going to do service. Now they say if an MLA has to visit an hospital or a school, he should get additional renumeration, a red beacon car among others. Is this service or commercialisation of service?”
11.49 am: The fact that BJP is scared of AAP is obnoxious. In fact, it is Arvind Kejriwal who is obsessed with PM Modi: Patra
11.46 am: Mr Kejriwal could appoint 1 Parlimentary Secretary, but not 21, remarks Sambit Patra
11.44 am: Office of the President of India and the Election Commission are independent institutions with great
credibility. You (Kejriwal) have certain political ambitions, rightly so under a democratic system, but for god’s sake don’t demean the credibility of the President of India because in the end you are demeaning the democracy of this country,” Patra told reporters.
11.43 am. The decision has been taken by the President of India, He’s attacking the BJP for no reason. You cannot appoint the secretaries and then amend the law, said BJP spokesperson Patra.
11.22 am: If president has taken a call on a technical issue, how can we question him? asks Patra
11.20 am: Kejriwal should have amended the Bill before taking a step (appointement of 21 MLAs): Patra
11.17 am: AAP legislators draw more salary than other MLAs. Ambitions should always be grounded. Mr Kejriwal, game is yours, the ambition is yours. You have to fly your plane according to the Constitution. Or else your ‘udta’ ambition is bound to crash, said Sambit Patra.
11.12 am: Patra says, when does Kejriwal work? AAP has become an abusive accusive party. AAP stands for Abusive, accusive party. I urge you to work.
11.10 am: Why politicize an issue that is technical in nature, asks Patra
11.08 am: “We have given additional responsibilities to our MLAs but they are working for free. Our notification says that they are not entitled to any remuneration, perks, facilities or services from the government,” Kejriwal told reporters.
11.04 am: This is a classic case of crash landing of ‘Udta’ ambition of AAP: Sambit Patra, BJP
11.00 am: AAP maintains that it is the decision of MHA in the name of President.
10.59 am: PM Narendra Modi is afraid of Aam Admi Party, says CM Kejriwal
09.50 am: Why is Modiji only behind disqualifying Delhi’s Parlimentary Secretary Haryana, Nagaland, Rajasthan,Punjab,Gujarat & others have Parlimentray Secretarys too: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
09. 48 am: Want to ask Modiji is he not allowing Delhi Govt to function because he is unable to digest defeat in Delhi, said Kejriwal.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted sharply to the development and targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he does not respect democracy and was only fearful of the AAP. Kejriwal took to the twitter to express his anger. He said no MLA was given a single paisa, car or bungalow in their capacity as Parliamentary Secretary and said they were giving services for free.
“Modiji says all of you sit at home. Should not work,” he said adding MLAs were tasked to look after power supply, water supply, functioning of hospitals and schools. “Modiji says neither will work nor will allow to work,”Kejriwal said.
On March 13, 2015, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had passed an order appointing the 21 party MLAs, including Alka Lamba, Jarnail Singh, Adarsh Shastri and Rajesh Gupta, as parliamentary secretaries.
The Delhi Government had sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997 through which it had sought “retrospective” exemption for the parliamentary secretaries from disqualification provisions.
“The 21 Parliamentary Secretaries were not appointed as per provision of the Bill. The decision of the L-G, MHA or the President has no bearing on the membership of the Parliamentary Secretaries of the legislative assemblies,” said
AAP leader Raghav Chadha.
The Bill was forwarded by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Centre, which in turn was sent to the President with its
comments. Petitions have been filed with the President seeking disqualification of the these MLAs on the ground that they occupied office of profit in violation of Constitution.