The AAP government in Delhi came under attack from the Congress on Friday, which slammed the party over the absence of a Lokayukta in the city.
To highlight the Kejriwal-led government’s “inability” to appoint a Lokayukta, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), headed by its chief Ajay Maken, on Friday announced its plans to carry an empty chair during a protest march from the party office to the office of the Lokayukta.
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“The post of Lokayukta has been lying vacant since the Congress government demitted office in Delhi (in November 2013), and the ordinary citizen has become a mere spectator to the misdoings of the ruling government,” Maken said.
He added that the Delhi government, by filling up the Lokayukta’s post, could have probed various alleged irregularities, including the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries and charges of fake degrees against certain AAP MLAs.
“The appointment of parliamentary secretaries was against laid down procedures,” he said.
Maken also accused the AAP government of “fostering a VIP culture”.
“Around 200 people have been attached to the chief minister who are all AAP volunteers, and consultants with over Rs one lakh as salary per month have been appointed, which would be a drain on the exchequer to the tune of over Rs one crore per year.”
The Congress leader also claimed that the DPCC has collected “substantial evidence” against several MLAs of the AAP, who have “misled” the electorate about their educational qualifications.
“We will file petitions in the Lokayukta office on Monday and demand action against 30 AAP MLAs, including CM Kejriwal,” Maken said.