HC quashes appointment of Badal Govt’s 18 chief parliamentary secretaries

Punjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh

: After the election commissioner rejected the appointment of 21 AAP MLAs in Delhi as parliamentary secretaries, it was the turn of Punjab Government to face the music.

In an embarrassment for the SAD-BJP government, the Punjab and Haryana today set aside the appointment of 18 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs).

The post of CPS is one step lower than a minister and ruling party legislators are appointed on these posts by various state governments to accommodate MLAs since all cannot be made ministers due to a statutory ceiling of 15 per cent on ministerial berths vis-a-vis the respective assembly strength.

too had tried something similar in Delhi by putting each of his 21 non-Minister MLAs into an office of profit. He also had to face the wrath of Election Commissioner.

As many as 21 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed soon after the led government came to power in Punjab. Of them, 18 continue to hold the post. Six more were appointed to the post later. The petition challenging their appointment is pending in court.