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June 25, 2016

Parliamentary Secretary, an Office of Profit

The President of India, according to media reports has declined assent to the Bill passed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly which sought to exempt retrospectively the post of Parliamentary Secretary from the purview of office of profit.  Articles 102 and 191 debar MPs and MLAs respectively to hold an office of profit under the government. Politics is perhaps the most inventive calling and an insecure executive with its ingenious argumentative power may attempt to peddle oranges as apples.  The defence of Delhi Government that the MLAs appointed by them as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers are not holding office of profit and therefore they have not incurred disqualification is a specious argument. The term 'Parliamentary Secretary' does not occur in the Constitution.

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