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New Delhi: The AAP government in Delhi will bear the cost of opening and maintaining offices by legislators who have been asked to identify the land in their respective constituencies in the national capital.
In a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Vijender Gupta, assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said the government of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has conveyed it was in agreement to the concept of establishing offices of assembly constituencies in each seat.
The letter was written on June 25.
Interestingly, about a dozen of AAP legislators have demanded hike in their salaries, due to official expenses in their constituencies.
Of the 70 Delhi legislators, 67 are from the Aam Aadmi Party and the remaining three belong to the BJP.
The letter said that “the office should be approximately about 700-1,000 square feet in size and located at a convenient location which is easily accessible to the public”.
“Office infrastructure like staff, furniture equipment like computer, fax etc. will be provided by the Delhi assembly Secretariat,” it added.
New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel appeared before a court here on Saturday in a 2008 rioting case.
He appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma, who cancelled a bailable warrant issued against him. The court on March 21 issued the warrant against him after Goel failed to appear before it.
The court has fixed September 19 as the next date of hearing.
Police in its chargesheet has alleged that BJP workers pelted stones at the CPI-M office on March 9, 2008, damaged property and assaulted policemen who stopped them.
Goel, now an AAP leader, represents the Shahdara Assembly constituency of Delhi.
The police had chargesheeted 21 people, including Goel, BJP leaders and now a Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Jagdish Mukhi and Aarti Mehra, in an alleged case of rioting and damaging public property during a protest by BJP activists at the CPI-M office in central Delhi in March 2008.
One of the 21 chargesheeted accused has died.