By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun/Mussoorie, 1 Sep: Cabinet Minister Prem Chand Aggarwal today denied the claims made by the media that he had been summoned to Delhi by the BJP High Command over the appointments made in the Assembly Secretariat during his tenure as Speaker.
He was in Mussoorie to attend a function when he was asked by the media whether he had been summoned by the BJP High Command over these appointments. He claimed that a meeting of Chief Ministers was scheduled in New Delhi on Friday (2 September) for which Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had nominated him as his representative. He was going to Delhi to attend this meeting and that he had not been summoned.
Aggarwal further claimed that, while he had nothing to say about the appointments made by his predecessor Govind Singh Kunjwal as the Speaker of the state assembly, or about the statement made by veteran Congress leader Harish Rawat, he would like to stress that all appointments made during his (Aggarwal’s) tenure as the Speaker were in accordance with the rules and there was no violation of any law.
He claimed that 8,000 persons had applied for jobs at the State Assembly Secretariat during his tenure, of which 32 candidates had been selected. However, due to a stay by the High Court, these appointments could not be made. He also claimed that media had been running the stories based totally on unverified speculation that he had been summoned by the party high command.