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Centre has “betrayed the people of Delhi”, says Kejriwal after Centre backs up Lt. Governor

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the Centre of betraying the people of Delhi by siding with the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The Chief Minister today addressed the media after the Centre issued a notification that makes it clear that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has the power to post and transfer officials.

According to the notice, the lieutenant governor was not bound to consult Delhi’s council of ministers. In a released statement, the Centre said, “The Lieutenant Governor, “may, in his discretion, obtain the views of the Chief Minister… wherever he deems it appropriate”.

Raising an objection against the Centre’s notification, Kejriwal in his address accused the Modi government of imposing their rule through Najeeb Jung, as he stated, “Lieutenant Governor is just the face, Mr Jung has no control, the orders come from the top”, adding, “Lt Governor is the Viceroy and the PMO is London. All orders come from the PMO”.

“Modi government has completed one year and they have given this notification to the people of Delhi as a gift. They are trying to run the Delhi government with three MLAs via the back door. We want to ask Narendra Modi government who are they trying to save”.

Kejriwal also said that this move was to create a hindrance in AAP government’s attempt to eradicate corruption. He was reported by NDTV as stating, “Probably the AAP government is one of the cleanest governments Delhi has ever seen”.

“We’ve cracked down on the transfer-posting industry. Earlier there was a lot of money changing hands for transfers but now that has ended under AAP.”

“They are rattled by the action taken by us against corrupt officers” he added, referring to the Central government.

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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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