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Congress slams ordinance to appoint Principal Secretary

Maken reminded the BJP that it had raised objections when the government took the ordinance route on the food security Bill and planned ordinances on anti-corruption legislations.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 29, 2014 12:36:55 am

Hours after the Narendra Modi government promulgated an ordinance to allow former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra to take over as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Congress slammed the move saying it was done in utter “disregard of parliamentary and democratic norms”.

AICC general secretary and head of the party’s communication department Ajay Maken termed the move “devious” and questioned the “urgency” behind promulgation of the ordinance, which he claimed “apparently was not even approved by the cabinet”.

“It becomes glaring all the more given the fact that the Parliament session is in the offing in a week’s time,” he said.

Maken reminded the BJP that it had raised objections when the government took the ordinance route on the food security Bill and planned ordinances on anti-corruption legislations. “What was the urgency, for a party that objected to an ordinance for food security and anti-corruption legislations to go for an ordinance to appoint an officer,” he asked.

“Without going into the merits of the officer concerned, this move is extremely out of place,” Maken said, adding that it reflects the BJP’s “characteristic disregard for parliamentary and democratic norms”.

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