New Delhi: Unfazed by criticism over the proposed hike in the salaries of Delhi MLA, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should get a “salary hike” as well.
While speaking in the Delhi Assembly over Janlokpal, Kejriwal said even after the hike is effected, Delhi MLAs won’t earn even “120th fraction” of what editors of media organisations and top TV anchors earn.
“How is Rs 1 lakh per month unreasonable? If the Prime Minister’s salary is less than this, even his salary should be raised. We all demand that his salary should be hiked,” he said.
However, in a tongue-in-cheek remark, Kejriwal envisaged an embarrassing situation for Modi when he encounters US President Barack Obama. “Kal ko Obama miley toh kya bolenege…(if he meets Obama tomorrow, what will he say). It (PM’s salary) should be at least Rs 8-10 lakh.”
Kejriwal said it was important to give legislators proper salaries and other facilities but “if they still indulge in corruption don’t spare them.”
The Delhi Assembly had on Thursday cleared a bill providing for hefty hike in salaries of MLAs and ministers. As per its provision, the basic salary of legislators will rise from current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 and their overall monthly package will be around Rs 2.1 lakh as against Rs 88,000 at present.