BJP to train guns on Sheila Dikshit in Parliament
The BJP seems all set to press for the resignation of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in Parliament from today. This was decided at a meeting of the party leaders yesterday. Vikas Pathak reports.delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2011 08:44 IST
The BJP seems all set to press for the resignation of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in Parliament from Monday. This was decided at a meeting of the party leaders on Sunday.
The mood is that once the party has made a political point by convincing former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa to step down, it is demanding Dikshit's resignation in the wake of the CAG report on Commonwealth Games.
A senior party leader said the party would raise the issue in Parliament on Monday, but stopped short of spelling out the details. The BJP will have a discussion with NDA partners on Monday to formulate the strategy, but sources say it has already made up its mind to launch a no-holds-barred attack on the Delhi government.
"It is up to the government to decide how to run the House. For us, demanding Sheila Dikshit's ouster and asking the PMO to come clean are top priorities," said a BJP leader, who admitted that there were possibilities of Parliament proceedings being disrupted if the government continued to shield the Delhi CM.
"The Congress has double standards. In Karnataka, they were up in arms even before the lokayukta report was out, Here the Congress is defending Dikshit and pretending there is no need for her to go," he said.
A former BJP president said the party wanted the Parliament to run and would want it to discuss the CAG report, but added that if the government wanted disruptions to shield Dikshit, the BJP couldn't help it.
"For the last few days, several corruption-related issues have come up. All such issues were discussed to finalise the party strategy. At NDA meeting tomorrow, we will take a final decision on what will be the strategy in Parliament," BJP deputy leader in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia said.
The party is also believed to have discussed how to take up the release of land to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust at Ullahawas, but seems to have arrived at the conclusion that the first focus should be on the CAG report.