Under fire from the opposition for the appointment of 21 MLA’s as parliamentary secretaries, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal has hit-out at PM Narendra Modi for playing a part the President’s decision to withhold assent to the bill amending the law on “Office of Profit”.
While addressing a press conference, Kejriwal also accused BJP and Congress of sabotaging Aam Admi Party (AAP) government’s efforts to provide good governance to the people of Delhi. Incidentally he walked out after lashing out at both the BJP and the Congress.
Kejriwal said : “In 1953 there were three parliamentary secretaries. When BJP used to have parliamentary secretaries, then it’s legal but when we do, it’s illegal,” he added, “In 1997, BJP CM in Delhi also appointed parliamentary secretary. Congress also did during Sheila ji‘s time. Ajay Maken was appointed as parliament secretary, then it was right?”
Opposition parties had earlier called for the removal of 21 MLAs of the Delhi government for holding additional positions as parliamentary secretaries, an alleged breach of rules on holding an office of profit.
Defending his government, Kejriwal said that the 21 party legislators appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries by the Delhi government were its “eyes, ears and hands.”
“It is with their help that our government is functioning,” he said. “These Parliamentary Secretaries put in a lot of effort behind all the development work we do and they don’t get any remuneration for doing it.”
Last year, AAP government in Delhi announced appointment of 21 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) as parliamentary secretaries. The government said that this was being done to include MLAs in governance work and also to assist cabinet ministers.
President Pranab Mukherjee’s refusal to give his assent to a bill passed by the Delhi government backing this decision sparked a controversy.