New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Saturday criticised the Delhi government’s move to spare VIPs from the odd-even vehicle scheme, terming the move as a “complete hypocrisy”. His remark drew criticism from the BJP and the AAP.
“Odd and Even ways!! Creating parallel lists of exemption is complete hypocrisy,” Vadra posted in Facebook.
“If a law is implemented in the interest of the people, we all must adhere, and not be VIPs,” he added.
Reacting to Vadra’s comment, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: “What an irony. Robert Vadra all his life took privileges for not being an ordinary citizen and he is making a comment about exemptions. I think it is an irony and it raises more questions about him.”
Attacking Vadra for his remark, Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh told media: “He is a symbol of hypocrisy. Robert Vadra has no right to speak on this subject like this because he himself is a VIP without a reason. He has been a celebrity all his life and enjoyed being a VIP.”
The Delhi government on Thursday announced the modalities of its ambitious traffic rationing scheme to battle record pollution levels in the city. The odd-even formula will be tried on a pilot basis for 15 days starting on January 1.(IANS)(image courtesy: bravejournal.in)
The EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs under the ‘office of profit’ pretext
AAP looks forward to approaching the Delhi High court
The controversy started after Prashant Patel had submitted an application to the President
The Election Commission has recommended the disqualification 20 AAP MLAs. The EC found them guilty of holding an ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has been sent to the President. If cleared, the disqualification would mean that AAP’s strength in Delhi Assembly will reduce from 67 to 47.
The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government. The EC’s opinion on this matter means that the AAP legislators are set to be disqualified, which could soon force a mini Assembly election in the national capital.
“This is unprecedented. The MLAs in question didn’t get a chance to present their case before the EC. In fact, we didn’t hear the news from the EC, but news channels,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.
The ‘office of profit’ controversy had started after a lawyer, Prashant Patel, had filed an application in 2015 to the President’s office. It questioned the appointment of AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
The Congress had filed a petition in Election Commission in 2016 as a follow-up, based on this application. The opposition party sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.
AAP had argued that this post did not qualify as an office of profit as there is no monetary benefit attached to it. But then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, declaring them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.
In the first reaction to the EC recommendation, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:
This must be the first ever recommendation in EC history where a recommendation has been sent without even hearing the main matter on merits. NO HEARING TOOK PLACE IN EC ON THE POINT OF OFFICE OF PROFIT