Is Aam Admi Party really in trouble???

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Published on 14 Jun 2016 5:27 AM GMT

Is Aam Admi Party really in trouble???
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New Delhi: In a major setback to Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s bill to exempt 21 parliamentary secretaries from their disqualification as legislators, has been withheld by President Pranab Mukherjee.

A petition was sent to the President’s office, on behalf of the AAP government, after the state cabinet cleared the proposal keeping parliamentary secretaries out of the office-of-profit because of the illegality of holding two offices of profit at once.

About the case:

  • An organisation called the Rashtriya Mukti Morcha had petitioned the Delhi High Court, contending that 21 AAP MLAs enjoy the status and perks of ministers including office space and official cars, which is a misuse of the taxpayer’s money.
  • The PIL alleges that these appointments are ‘unconstitutional, illegal and without jurisdiction’ and should be cancelled, pointing that the Delhi Government can have a maximum of seven ministers.
  • A plea was submitted to the President requesting to take action against the creation of ‘Unconstitutional’ posts by the Delhi government.

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What MLAs said:

The AAP MLAs had filed their replies to the Election Commission in response to a show-cause notice, on why they should not be disqualified for occupying offices of profit in violation of the Constitution.

Highlights:

  • When the Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed, the AAP Government had said that they would facilitate smooth government functioning, but made it clear they would not receive any remuneration or perk of any kind, which would become a burden on the exchequer.
  • The order, however, permits them to use government transport for official purposes and has earmarked space in the ministers’ offices to help them in official work.
  • The petition argues that the Chief Minister has ‘no power, jurisdiction or authority’ to administer oath of office to the Parliamentary Secretaries.

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Ministers who could lose their powers:

  • Jarnail Singh, Rajauri Garden
  • Jarnail Singh, Tilak Nagar
  • Naresh Yadav, Mahrauli
  • Alka Lamba, Chandni Chowk
  • Praveen Kumar, Jangpura
  • Rajesh Rishi, Janakpuri
  • Rajesh Gupta, Vazipur
  • Madan Lal, Kasturba Nagar
  • Vijendra Garg, Rajendra Nagar
  • Avtar Singh, Kalkaji
  • Sharad Chauhan, Narela
  • Sarita Singh, Rahtash Nagar
  • Sanjeev Jha, Buradi
  • Som Dutt, Sadar Bazaar
  • Shiv Charan Goyal, Moti Nagar
  • Anil Kumar Vajpayee, Gandhi Nagar
  • Manoj Kumar, Kondali
  • Nitin Tyagi, Laxmi Nagar
  • Sukhbir Dalal, Mundaka
  • Kailash Gehlot, Nazafgarh
  • Adarsh Shastri Dwarika

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