New Delhi, June 13: 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs face the immediate risk of disqualification as President Pranab Mukherjee has rejected the ‘dual office of profit’ bill passed in the Delhi Assembly by the state government. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed frustration over the rejection of the legislation by the President and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hatching this conspiracy against him. Also Read - Delhi Odd-even Scheme: It Will be Our 'Last Weapon' to Fight Air Pollution, Says Kejriwal Govt
“All MLAs who were appointed as parliamentary secretaries were working for free. Neither of them was provided with money, bungalows, cars, etc. Each was allotted his specific duty. One was given the charge of water, other was given electricity, third was given medical and so on,” Kejriwal said, further adding, “Modi ji believes in Na Kaam Karunga, Na Karne Duga (neither would I work, nor will I allow to). Modi ji is afraid of all the good work which is happening in Delhi.” (ALSO READ: 21 AAP MLAs face risk of disqualification as President Pranab Mukherjee withheld Kejriwal govt’s dual office bill)
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In March, an activist associated with the BJP filed a complaint before the election Commission of India, citing the rules being flouted by Kejriwal government which has appointed 21 parliamentary secretaries. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung paid heed to the allegations and said that under GNCT Act, only 1 parliamentary secretary could be associated with the Delhi Chief Minister’s Office.