A decision that could trigger another round of confrontation between the Centre and the Delhi government, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday sacked nine aides of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
These advisors include Atishi Marlena, Raghav Chadha, Arunoday Prakash, Amar Deep Tiwari, Prashant Saxena, Samir Malhotra. As for Marlena, the Kejriwal government said that she was appointed as an advisor on a token monthly salary of just Re 1 to help the government improve education standards at schools.
The order issued by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said that the appointments of these nine advisors was illegal since the mandatory approval was not taken from the Ministry of Home Affairs. The order said, “..Further, no prior approval of the Central Government has been sought to create said posts on which these persons have been appointed on co-terminus basis.”
AAP’s Raghav Chadha called it a diversionary tactic to distract people from the growing outrage against BJP governments’ inability to stop crimes against women. He wrote, “Impressive diversionary tactics by the MHA, at the behest of BJP. To divert attention from spate of rapes, cash crunch etc. an opportune time to rake up non issues with AAP like retrospective sacking for a post I held for 45 days in 2016 for a paltry sum of Rs.2.50/-”
Impressive diversionary tactics by the MHA, at the behest of BJP. To divert attention from spate of rapes, cash crunch etc. an opportune time to rake up non issues with AAP like retrospective sacking for a post I held for 45days in 2016 for a paltry sum of Rs.2.50/-
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) April 17, 2018
Chadha also tweeted a letter claiming that he no longer held the post. He wrote, “Where exactly is the MHA sacking me from? Here are the terms of appointment for those who wish to see. Thanks.”