New Delhi: With the President holding assent to a bill that protects 21 AAP MLAs, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal yesterday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in political vendetta and said the BJP is ‘scared’ of AAP and unable to digest its defeat in Delhi.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
“We have given additional responsibilities to our MLAs but they are working for free. Our notification says that they are not entitled to any remuneration, perks, facilities or services from the government,” Kejriwal told reporters. “If they are working for free, what is troubling Modiji? If all people are disqualified and made to sit at home, what will they (Centre) derive from this. Modiji hasn’t been able to digest defeat in Delhi and that is why they are doing all this to not let us work,” he said.
Tow the line: BJP
BJP hit back at Kejriwal for questioning the credibility of the President’s office over the refusal, and accused him of being ‘obsessed’ about attacking Modi for no rhyme or reason. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Kejriwal was ‘frustrated’ that his flying ambition has crash-landed and asked him not to make the President’s decision a ‘political issue’.
Congress yesterday sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries in the wake of the President refusing assent to a bill passed by Delhi Assembly to exempt them from the office of profit criteria. Party spokesman PL Punia also demanded Kejriwal’s resignation, alleging that he was making false claims over the issue. Punia said the SC’s orders on the issue of office of profit were crystal clear and, therefore, the AAP MLAs should be disqualified.