Setting up another confrontation with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday cancelled the appointments of nine Delhi government advisers.
The nine advisers whose appointment was cancelled by the Centre also included Atishi Marlena, the adviser to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
She was appointed to help Sisodia, also the Education Minister of Delhi, to improve schools and education system on a token salary of just Rs 1.
Cancelling the appointments, MHA said, “Services under the Govt of NCT of Delhi is a subject reserved for the Central government as per the Constitution”.
"Since creation of these posts by and subsequent appointments on these posts are not valid, all previous orders regarding creation of these posts are not valid, all previous orders regarding creation of these posts and appointments made against them are hereby cancelled," stated the order cleared by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Reacting to the MHA’s move, AAP’s Raghav Chadha termed it the BJP’s “diversionary tactics” to divert attention from issues like rapes and cash crunch.
“Impressive diversionary tactics by the MHA, at the behest of BJP. To divert attention from a spate of rapes, cash crunch etc. an opportune time to rake up nonissues with AAP like retrospective sacking for a post I held for 45days in 2016 for a paltry sum of Rs.2.50/-,” Raghav tweeted.