Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad
– Photo: Amar Ujala
The BJP in Bihar’s Patna said on Saturday that the Centre’s ordinance on the transfer and secondment of officers in Delhi has been introduced to ensure “transparency and accountability”. Speaking to the media here, senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Supreme Court had cited the absence of any specific law related to governance in Delhi under Schedule II of the constitution. He said that we had to introduce the regulation because the Delhi government started reinventing itself within days of the Supreme Court decision. It replaced YK Rajasekhar, an IAS officer from 2010. He investigated irregularities in the Sheesh Mahal. Prasad referred to the huge expenditure on the renovation of the official residence of Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
‘Ordinance introduced to ensure transparency in transfers’
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that under the ordinance, the committee that will now recommend such transfers and appointments will still be headed by the Delhi chief minister. Prasad said Delhi is the heart of India. It is the capital of the whole country. It is often visited by dignitaries from all over the world. So we needed a system that could guarantee transparency and accountability in transfers and bookings. He said Delhi is Union Territory and not Arvind Kejriwal Territory.
The former Union law and justice minister said Rajasekhar was also investigating alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board. He said that not only he was transferred. A case has even been brought against him for false accusations made by an NGO.
Prasad also spoke about the alleged harassment of two Dalit IAS officers, including the Minister of Services, Ashish More. These officers had written letters to the Chief Secretary and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi complaining against Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj. Prasad said it was therefore necessary to issue an ordinance that would ensure transparency and accountability in the transfer and secondment of officers and also protect honest people.
,Even in Manmohan’s government old notes were out of circulation,
Prasad gave his answer in response to a question about demonetizing Rs 2,000 notes. He said the RBI has issued a detailed statement, clearly stating how the use of these high denominations declined. We would like to remind our congressional friends that even under Manmohan Singh’s regime, old banknotes were demonetized. That’s why they (Congress) can’t call it demonetization, he said. He also noted that if these notes were used for money laundering, eliminating them would have implications for the networks involved.
,opposition unity is a dream,
The swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet in Karnataka was attended by several non-congress leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In this regard, the BJP leader said that the chief ministers of Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana have opted not to attend the function. This clearly shows that opposition unity is a dream.
‘There is no limit to daydreaming’
Ravi Shankar Prasad also mocked CM Nitish Kumar’s slip of the tongue at the start of the week. CM Nitish had addressed one of his chief secretaries as ‘Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’. Prasad said there is no restriction on daydreaming. But there is certainly no vacancy for the post of prime minister in 2024.
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