New Delhi: The Congress on Monday opposed the Delhi government’s move to regularize the appointment of 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators as parliamentary secretaries.
“This is a desperate effort by an under-confident chief minister who wants to accommodate his party MLAs in VIP berths in order to keep them united,” party spokesperson Ajay Maken said at a press conference.
He added that Arvind Kejriwal led-Aam Aadmi Party government had gone ahead to pass a bill in the Delhi assembly to regularize the appointment.
The Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Amendment) Bill, 2015, was introduced by Law and Justice Minister Kapil Mishra and passed on June 24 during the Delhi assembly budget session.
Soon after coming to power, the Kejriwal-led government issued an order to appoint 21 AAP legislators as parliamentary secretaries attached to government ministries, claiming it would facilitate smooth functioning. (IANS)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.
“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.
Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”
Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.
“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”
Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS