After Bassi's appointment as UPSC member, AAP accuses BJP of favouritism

The AAP said that appointment of BS Bassi as a member of the UPSC proves that 'BJP's senior spokesperson' has been 'obliged' by the government.

PTI May 31, 2016 18:05:03 IST
After Bassi's appointment as UPSC member, AAP accuses BJP of favouritism

New Delhi: The AAP on Tuesday said that appointment of former Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi as a member of the UPSC proves that "BJP's senior spokesperson" has been "obliged" by the government.

"Appointment is the prerogative of the government. This has become clear on whose instructions Mr Bassi was working and he has been obliged.

After Bassis appointment as UPSC member AAP accuses BJP of favouritism

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

"The AAP has been saying very categorically that Mr Bassi was acting as the senior spokesperson of the BJP. So his appointment with the UPSC as a member proves the fact that he was and he is the senior spokesperson of the BJP, which is why he has been appointed," AAP leader Ashutosh said.

BS Bassi, who had a controversial tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner with frequent run-ins with the AAP government, was on Tuesday appointed a member of UPSC, a Constitutional post, with a five year tenure.

Bassi's tenure as Delhi Police Commissioner, especially towards the end, had come for criticism after the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar over sedition row.

The former police Chief was involved in a running battle with the AAP government led by Arvind Kejriwal with five of its legislators arrested under different counts during Bassi's tenure.

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