Parliamentary Secy row: BJP demands criminal proceedings against AAP

| Updated: Jul 14, 2016 22:32 IST

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday sought criminal proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for filing a false affidavit with the Election Commission in connection with the offices appointed to the newly recruited Parliamentary Secretaries. BJP leader Satish Upadhyay said that illegal and unconstitutional activities were being carried out under the purview of the Delhi Government. "This government has done unconstitutional and illegal work, and according to which its membership should be cancelled. Secondly, it has submitted a false affidavit with the Election Commission," said Upadhyay. "We have a cheat note here which shows the allotted offices, but the Delhi Government says that no rooms have been assigned. So, we demand their disqualification now and criminal proceedings should be initiated against him as all the 21 Parliamentary Secretaries have been given offices and government vehicles," he added. Upadhyay further said that one cannot appoint a Parliamentary Secretary as per office of profit under NCT Act, but still Kejriwal has appointed them. "And the most amazing fact to be noted is that the Delhi Chief Minister does not have any Parliamentary Secretary, but his six ministers are assisted by Parliamentary Secretaries," he added. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier on June 15 strongly defended the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries, wondering how similar posts under Congress and BJP rule were not considered "unconstitutional" and targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. President Pranab Mukherjee last month refused to give his assent to a bill passed by the Delhi Assembly last year seeking amendment to the existing law to insulate the legislators from the purview of the office of profit law. (ANI)