Addressing a Press Conference at the Pradesh Office today BJP Delhi Pradesh President along with Leader of Opposition Shri Vijender Gupta, National Spokesperson Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi and MPs Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Shri Manoj Tiwari said that the Judgement of Delhi High Court in the case of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries is not an exceptional judgement on the unconstitutional anarchy by Kejriwal Government. Subsequent to the judgement of High Court on the administrative controversy between Lt. Governor and Chief Minister Kejriwal, today’s Judgement will be seen as a confirmation of the charges of anarchic behaviour by Kejriwal. RTI activist Shri Vivek Garg and Media Incharge Shri Praveen Shankar Kapoor were also present in the Press Conference.
Commending the work of RTI activist Shri Vivek Garg who had raised this question first of all Shri Upadhyay presented a letter of Delhi Government dated 26th March, 2015 before the media persons which shows that some Parliamentary Secretaries were provided office facilities in the Assembly Premises besides the Secretariat. He said that whatever Kejriwal Government has done in the case of Parliamentary Secretaries is a criminal conspiracy and we had apprised the Election Commission about it. BJP demands that action should be taken against Kejriwal Government and Parliamentary Secretaries for filing false affidavit.
Shri Upadhyay said that Delhi has been pushed into an administrative crisis and it is very regrettable that Chief Minister Kejriwal who has created this crisis is now trying to mislead the people of Punjab. Delhi BJP will ensure that the people of Punjab expose Kejriwal on his misdeeds in every nook & corner of Punjab.
Leader of the Opposition Shri Vijender Gupta said that after coming to power Arvind Kejriwal was not politically stable because his party was divided in various groups. At that time in order to continue in power Shri Arvind Kejriwal appointed MLAs of Delhi as Parliamentary Secretaries violating the constitutional limits of only 7 ministers including the Chief Minister in March, 2015 and provided them all the facilities like the ministers. After the protest of BJP he introduced an unconstitutional Bill in the Assembly through which he tried to get legal powers to appoint unlimited number of Parliamentary Secretaries and give retrospective effect to the date of appointment of these 21 Parliamentary Secretaries. Today’s verdict of the High Court is warning of judiciary against his arbitrariness.
Shri Vijender Gupta said that tomorrow the BJP will compel the Government to give its statement on the today’s judgement of Delhi High Court, we will not allow the assembly to function till the Government gives its statement and the 21 MLAs resign from the assembly themselves. He said that the BJP Delhi leaders will soon meet the Election Commissioner and handover the copy of the Judgement of the High Court and request the election commission to pronounce its Judgement in the case of disqualification of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries.
MP Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi who is also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Office of Profit, said that in the Article 299-A, 104, 234 etc. of the constitution it has been made clear that MPs and MLAs cannot be appointed to office of profit. From time to time Parliament and the courts have also defined office of profit and given categorical verdict on it. This is not the first occasion in Delhi. Even during the Sheila Dikshit tenure such controversy has arisen but at that time the Government did not cross all the constitutional limits and even admitted that but the shamelessness of Kejriwal Government is beyond one’s imagination.
Smt. Lekhi also said that the first dispute in 1915 on office of profit was seen in Kolkata Municipal Corporation and even at that time the court had delivered such judgement. Similarly in the cases of Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Smt. Jaya Bachchan separate courts disqualified the members and today’s judgement of Delhi High Court will certainly discourage the future Government from taking unconstitutional decisions. She said that there are reports about filing false affidavit by the Government in the case of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries and after investigation case should be filed for perjury under Section 340 of IPC.
Pradesh General Secretary Shri Ramesh Bidhuri said that the people of Delhi are suffering due to the mis-governance of Kejriwal. Chief Ministers has been betraying the people of Delhi and the way in which the Minister of Kejriwal Government have made comments on the judgement even after being reprimanded by High Court. It has been proved that Kejriwal Government is anti constitutional Government. He said that it is great irony that we think the Chief Minister held a programme Mann Ki Baat which became controversial, his Convenor insulted the religious Gurus and Minister crossed all the limits when they indulged in Tann Ki Baat and ashamed the people of Delhi. Reminding Kejriwal of Right to Recall proposal Shri Bidhuri said that today the people of Delhi want to exercise the Right to Recall.
Shri Bidhuri announced that tomorrow our MLA will compel the Government to give statement on the 21 Parliamentary Secretaries and the misconduct of the Ministers in the House and outside the Assembly the BJP workers shall demonstrate demanding the expulsion of Sandeep Kumar and other MLAs and resignation of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries.
MP Shri Manoj Tiwari said that the common man of Delhi is feeling to have been cheated when he sees that the women have to face harassment and exploitation by the MLAs and Ministers even for getting their basic needs like water and ration card etc. He said that before the election Kejriwal assured about the purity of his MLAs, now he should come forward and either force his MLAs involved in immoral acts to resign or he should himself resign owning responsibility for all this.
He also said that just like the other citizens of Delhi the members of Purvanchal Samaj are completely disillusioned with the Kejriwal Government. His promise for developing the colonies in habited by Purvanchalis or promise for better education of the students belonging to Purvanchal have not been fulfilled by the Kejriwal Government. Shri Tiwari said that the Purvanchal Samaj of Delhi will expose the Kejriwal Government in every state where his party is trying for its political expansion.