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Gupta questions 'sudden disappearance' of Delhi Assembly secretary

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

of Opposition today questioned "sudden and mysterious disappearance" of Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara, even as slammed him, saying instead of an officer, BJP should be concerned about the ongoing sealing drive due to which traders are facing hardship.

According to an who did not wish to be named, the has not been coming to office for the last around 10 days.

Gupta, a BJP MLA from Rohini constituency, demanded that either the government or the Assembly must come "clean" about

In a statement, the BJP said, "His (Suryadevara) disappearance is all the more surprising at this juncture when the session (budget) is going to start from Friday.

"Since the of the Assembly occupies an important position and has to play significant role in preparation of the session, any or order about his absence acquires great significance before start of the session," he said.

In the statement, also said, "Suryadevara's continuation had become a bone of contention among the Centre, Assembly Speaker, and the then (Najeeb Jung). When he was repatriated to his parent office by the Centre, the Assembly continued to retain him despite LG's order to the contrary."

Reacting to Gupta's press statement, Goel said the Assembly's secretary is a very "esteemed post", and he should not make "baseless allegations".

"Due to absence of the secretary, no work of the is getting affected. Instead of the Assembly secretary, the BJP should be concerned about the ongoing sealing drive due to which city traders are facing a lot of problems," Goel said.

had also served as on Special Duty (OSD) to Somnath Chatterjee when he was the

Before moving to the Delhi Assembly, served in the Lok Sabha for five years and the Rajya Sabha for over six years through the offices of and RS Chairman respectively.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 23:15 IST