“Contrary to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s claims on austerity, AAP has formed a massive government with 21 MLAs working in tandem with ministers and Deputy CM as parliamentary secretaries. Taking notice on violation of norms, Election commission has issued notice to Delhi government.”
With an aim to accommodate as many MLAs as possible with lucrative position, Delhi government appointed 21 of its MLAs as parliamentary secretary. In an unprecedented move, three parliamentary secretaries are attached with each minister. Kejriwal might have tried to appease them by offering lucrative position so that they could enjoy perks from exchequer’s money but this move has now come under the radar of election commission.
The Election Commission (EC) has issued notices to 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs as per media doing the round. They have been asked to explain the validity of their appointments via affidavits and relevant documents by the EC.
It must be noted that the MLAs have to file a written statement or else ‘the commission will then proceed to take further action’.
The notices were issued after a petition was filed on June 19, 2016 saying that the appointment was made under the category of profit and hence a violation of norms and are illegal.
Delhi court’s notice
This is not the first time; Delhi government’s violation has faced imminent criminal proceeding. It is pertinent to note here that Delhi High court had earlier challenged AAP government’s move and sent to a notice to the government.
An organisation called the Rashtriya Mukti Morcha had petitioned the Delhi High Court, stating that 21 MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries enjoy the status and perks of ministers including office space and official cars, which is “misuse of the taxpayer’s money.”