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Centre cancels AAP-held nine posts of advisors in Delhi cabinet

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The has cancelled nine posts of held by members in the cabinet, sparking a fresh face-off between the Centre and the ruling party in the capital.

The (GAD) of the government, citing a letter dated April 10, said on Tuesday that the appointment of and consultants in various ministries stands cancelled.

These include (AAP) leaders Atishi Marlena, Raghav Chaddha and Arunoday Prakash -- all advisers to Deputy and Finance

The government has also cancelled the posts held by as to Law Minister, and as consultants to Power Minister, as aide-de-camp in office of of Power, as (logistics) in the office of Minister, GAD and Dinkar Adeeb as OSD to

"The appointees officiating are not in the list of posts approved for the ministers and of No prior approval of the has been taken for creation of said posts on which these person have been appointed," the GAD said.

"Therefore, creation of posts by Delhi cabinet for accommodating these appointees is void ab-initio, being done by an agency not competent under the law to do so. Since creation of these posts and subsequent appointments on these posts are not valid, all previous orders regarding creation of these posts and appointments made against them are hereby cancelled."

The cancellation sparked an angry reaction from the that dubbed this move by the Centre as a "diversionary tactic" of the BJP to divert attention from recent incidents of rapes and cash crunch in the country.

"Impressive diversionary tactic by the MHA (Home Ministry), at the behest of the BJP. To divert attention from spate of rapes, cash crunch etc. An opportune time to rake up non issues with like retrospective sacking for a post I held for 45 days in 2016 for a paltry sum of Rs 2.50," tweeted Chaddha, who is also an AAP



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:08 IST