AAP turns down party MLAs’ demand for hike in pay

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015,21:13 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today sought to downplay the demand of some of its party MLAs for an hike in pay and allowances, citing difficulties.
Reacting to the development, party MLA Saurabh Bhardawaj  said there was no such demand.
”There is no demand of pay hike by AAP legislators, its just a concern expressed by some MLAs, he said.
Speaking on the issue party leader Sanjay Singh said,’If the demands are genuine it will be considered.
Yesterday, some party MLAs met  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue.
Talking to mediapersons, Sadar Bazaar MLA said,The present emoluments are insufficient. Looking at the shooting expenses, the demand to raise the allowance is totally justified.
The MLAs that have sought for increase in allowances are Praveen Deshmukh (Jangpura), former transport minister Saurabh Bharadwaj (Greater Kailash), former president of AAP’s student wing Sarita Singh, Sanjeev Jha (Burari) and Somdutt (Sadar Bazar).
However, the move has drawn ire from the Opposition, which includes Vijendra Gupta, Om Prakash Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan, the three BJP MLAs in state Assembly, with Mr Sharma even stating that the present pay and allowances were sufficient and he would work even  for a rupee.
We would jointly move a motion in this regard during the next session, Leader of BJP Legislature Party Gupta and Pradhan said in Mr Sharmas support.
No MLA from any party has ever demanded a salary hike. An MLA gets Rs 1 Lakh approximately…. is that not enough? AAP claim is to be different, said BJP Delhi President Satish Upadhyay.