PN Deshmukh, 55, father of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Jangpura seat in Delhi Praveen Deshmukh, has no qualms mending tubes and tyres at his small shop in Jinsi, Bhopal. The recent controversy over “office of profit” held by his son, however, makes him frown.
The AAP lawmaker, who holds the post of parliamentary secretary to education minister, along with 20 other party MLAs, has come under attack from the BJP and Congress for allegedly holding an office of profit.
The MLAs have rejected the charges levelled on them by the Opposition parties and said they were holding the position without any benefit. The BJP has released documents from an RTI application showing that the 21 MLAs who held the post were allotted rooms as office space by the Speaker of the legislative assembly.
“We have filed an application to the election commission as we are serving the post without any perks and other facilities,” Praveen Deshmukh told HT over the phone.
His father, who works from dawn to sunset, said neither his son nor any member of his family had “greed for power or pelf.”
“Even after becoming an MLA, my son is living in a rented flat with his friends in Delhi. And our standard of living has also not changed,” he said, adding “When he became an MLA, I felt good. But after one year, I’m proud of his simple life and hard work for improving Delhi’s education.”
“In fact, had my son wanted to gain profit, he might not have quit his job as a regional manager in a reputed company,” he added.
Deshmukh said he did not know what would happen, but it was clear that even if Praveen Deshmukh was disqualified as a legislator, nobody could stop him from doing social work.