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AAP attacks IAS Association for sleeping while officers were removed by Centre

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The deplorable way, in which two IAS officers were treated in the power struggle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, had attracted reactions from other IAS officers yesterday.

Now, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has retaliated via tweets.

Referring to the sacking of the two top bureaucrats by the BJP-led government at the Centre earlier this year, AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted, “IAS association was sleeping like Kumbhkaran when Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary were humiliated and removed.”

The members of IAS Officers’ Association, on Wednesday, met to discuss the escalating turf war between Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, which has resulted in one officer being publicly criticized and another ignominiously removed and locked out of his office.

“We view with anguish the way IAS officers have been treated and subjected to character assassination, we condemn it,” stated the resolution passed by the officers on Wednesday.

Shakuntala Gamlin, whose appointment by the Lieutenant Governor last week triggered the ugly row, was also present during the meeting. Kejriwal had accused Gamlin of favouring power distribution companies and acting against public interest.

The Chief Minister removed the Principal Secretary who signed off on his decision to appoint Shakuntala Gamlin. On Monday, Anindo Majumdar was locked out of his office and two more officers were appointed in his place, but they too, are caught in the crossfire.

“All transfers and appointments in the past few days stand cancelled as they were not approved by him,” the Lieutenant Governor responded by writing to the Delhi government yesterday.

Kejriwal and his deputy CM, Manish Sisodia, met with officers yesterday amid reports that many bureaucrats had requested to be transferred out of Delhi and those working outside did not want to return.

According to the sources in the Home Ministry, at least a dozen officers have applied for transfers, but AAP has rejected it.

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

ALSO READ: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

ALSO READ: Can India achieve good governance without intra-party democracy?

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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