A section of leaders of the BJP, the ruling party in Uttarakhand, wants a probe into the appointments made in the Vidhan Sabha (assembly) secretariat in the last 16 years.
BJP leader Ravindra Jugran has written to speaker Prem Chand Agarwal demanding a probe.
It is alleged that about 700 appointments had been made overlooking rules since a caretaker BJP government took reins of the government for a little more than one year after Uttarakhand was created on November 9, 2000.
In his letter to the speaker, Jugran alleged that backdoor appointments in the assembly secretariat were against natural justice and overlooked article 14 and article 16 of the constitution that guarantee equal rights to citizens.
“Nepotism and recommendations were the major criteria behind over 700 appointments through the backdoor. Some positions were only to be filled by the public service commission. It’s a serious issue,” Jugran told HT.
Barring Govind Kunjwal, all other former speakers belong to the BJP. Prakash Pant was the speaker of the first caretaker government. After the first assembly elections in 2002, Yashpal Arya was made the speaker. A former Congress leader, Arya is now with the BJP.
In 2007, Harbans Kapoor became the speaker. The Congress government that was voted to power in 2012 appointed Govind Kunjwal as the speaker.
Jugran said he was not pointing fingers at individuals, but raising the flag on the appointments made without following procedures.
State BJP president Ajay Bhatt had questioned the backdoor appointments as a leader of the opposition during the Congress rule. When contacted, Bhatt said the BJP has raised voice against corruption and wrongdoings and “it is good if a probe is conducted against every grey area that we pointed out.”
Speaker Agarwal gave no comments when this correspondent contacted him.