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‘BJP, Cong have double standards’


Kejriwal says both parties appointed Parliamentary Secretaries when they were in power

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the Congress and the BJP are showing double standards as both had appointed Parliamentary Secretaries when they were ruling Delhi.

In a presser Mr. Kejriwal named a few Parliamentary Secretaries appointed by previous governments.

He said that when Sahib Singh Verma was the CM, he appointed Nand Kishore Garg, the then BJP MLA as his Parliamentary Secretary on May 7, 1997. During Sheila Dikshit’s tenure, Ajay Maken was her Parliamentary Secretary.

Don’t disrupt development: Kejriwal to Modi

“So, when the BJP appoints a Parliamentary Secretary it is legal and if we do the same then it is illegal and unconstitutional. These all are double standards of the BJP and the Congress,” said Mr Kejriwal.

Training his guns at the PM, Mr. Kejriwal said that the Modi-government wants to disqualify 21 MLAs from Delhi.

“There is a saying ‘100 chuhe kha ke billi hajj ko chali’, this applies to both the BJP and the Congress,” he said.

He urged the PM not to disrupt Delhi’s development because of his personal grudges against him. “I have such talented MLAs- some are doctors, engineers, lawyers- and I want to use them for the betterment of Delhi. I want to request Modi ji with folded hands that do whatever you want to me, but don’t let the people of Delhi suffer,” he said.

Meanwhile, the AAP has termed the President’s decision to not give his assent to the Bill, which shields 21 of its MLAs from office of profit rule, as ‘pure politics’. AAP leaders in a press conference said that it was part of the BJP’s ploy to trouble the Delhi government as “Mr. Modi is scared of Arvind Kejriwal.”

AAP’s Delhi Convenor Dilip Pandey said that earlier Supreme Court orders “make it clear” that a post will be considered office of profit only if monetary gains are involved and that AAP’s parliamentary secretaries never drew salaries or allowances.

AAP has termed

the President’s rejection of the Bill shielding the MLAs as ‘pure politics’

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