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President Pranab Mukherjee refuses to sign Kejriwal Govt Bill

DECCAN CHRONICLE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published Jun 14, 2016, 1:45 am IST
Updated Jun 14, 2016, 2:08 am IST
21 AAP MLAs made Parliament Secretaries face disqualification.
President Pranab Mukherjee (Photo: PTI)
 President Pranab Mukherjee (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: In a jolt to Delhi’s ruling AAP government, President Pranab Mukherjee has refused to give assent to a legislation that protects 21 party MLAs, who have been appointed Parliamentary Secretaries, and face the prospect of disqualification.

Petitions have been filed with the President seeking disqualification of these MLAs on the ground that they occupied office of profit violating constitutional provisions. Acting as a quasi judicial body, the EC to whom the President refe-rred the issue, had sought replies of the MLAs. The Delhi Government had sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997. Through the Bill, the AAP government wanted “retrospective” exemption for the parliamentary secretaries from disqualification provisions.

 

The Bill was forwarded by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to the Centre, which in turn was sent to the President. After examining the issue, the President has not given his assent to the Bill, official sources said on Monday.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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