The Delhi government Bill to exclude the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the office of profit has been refused assent by the President, raising questions over the fate of 21 AAP MLAs, who have been appointed to the posts. If this happens, this will be a huge blow for the party.
- On Monday President Pranab Mukherjee refuses to give assent to the Delhi government Bill to exclude the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the office of profit.
- Kejriwal on March 12, 2015 had passed an order for appointing the 21 party MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries.
- The Bill was forwarded by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Centre, which in turn was sent to the President with its comments.
- Acting as a quasi judicial body, the Election Commission to whom the President referred the issue has sought replies of the MLAs.
- Through the Bill, the AAP government wanted “retrospective” exemption for the parliamentary secretaries from disqualification provisions.
- The Delhi Government had sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997.