Delhi: BJP on Tuesday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for questioning the credibility of the President's office over refusal of assent to a bill on appointment of parliamentary secretaries.
Addressing the press in the national capital, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also accused him of being 'obsessed' with attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for no rhyme or reason.
Patra added that said Kejriwal was 'frustrated' that his flying ambition has crash-landed and asked him not to make the President's decision a 'political issue'.
At the same time, the BJP spokesperson gave the Aam Aadmi Party a new name - 'Accusing and Abusing Party'.
"Mr Kejriwal's morning begins with Modi, Modi, Modi his afternoon is Modi, Modi, Modi and his evenings are Modi, Modi, Modi. AAP has become an abusing and accusing party. AAP stands for Accusing and Abusing Party," he said, as per ANI.
On the latest controversy, Patra told reporters at the party headquarters, "Office of the President of India and the Election Commission are independent institutions with great credibility. You (Kejriwal) have certain political ambitions, rightly so under a democratic system, but for God's sake don't demean the credibility of the President of India because in the end you are demeaning the democracy of this country."
Kejriwal, earlier today, had accused PM Modi of indulging in 'political vendetta' over the refusal of assent by the President to the bill that protects 21 party MLAs who have been appointed parliamentary secretaries and face the prospect of disqualification and said BJP is 'scared' of AAP and unable to digest its defeat in Delhi.
Asked about the PM's role in the process as the bill has been turned down by the President and not him, Kejriwal said, "President does not take any decision. Probably the file doesn't even go to him. The decision is taken by the government and Home Ministry decided this," as per PTI.
Patra said the issue of disqualification of 21 MLAs lies before the President and the Election Commission.
"This issue is not with BJP. We don't have to do anything to it," he said, adding that the complainant in the case was an independent lawyer.
He said that as per the existing law formulated in 2006, Delhi is entitled to have one parliamentary secretary and Kejriwal should have ensured its amendment before appointing 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
"But he was trying to amend it in retrospective and this has been caught red-handed," Patra said.
Through the bill for amending the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, the AAP government wanted 'retrospective' exemption for the parliamentary secretaries from disqualification.
In March, 2015, Kejriwal had passed an order appointing the 21 party MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
(With Agency inputs)