A day before the five-member committee formed to explore restructuring of MCD was to meet for the first time, its two important members and only representatives of the BJP pulled out of it.
Terming the formation of committee as a “politically motivated” move, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra and his senior colleague Jagdish Mukhi announced their resignation from the high-powered committee. “The party has decided to boycott the committee. We feel the move is politically motivated and we are resigning from it,” Malhotra said.
Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta was scheduled to make a presentation on the recommendations made by 12 previous committees constituted by the Central and Delhi governments from time to time on restructuring of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to the five member committee. Mehta said he has formed a synopsis of the reports submitted by various committees and would brief the committee on Friday.
Set up by chief minister Sheila Dikshit in January, the committee was scheduled to look into the division of MCD in various parts — preferably three — for its better management. The committee has to look into the entire functioning of the MCD and recommend a set of feasible suggestions to overcome the hassles coming in the way of proper delivery of services by the civic body.
Apart from three Delhi ministers — Ashok Kumar Walia, Arvinder Singh and Rajkumar Chauhan — the five-member committee included two senior leaders from the BJP. Though several committees have been set up by different governments to examine the restructuring of the MCD in the past, for the first time a political committee was set up by the government.
The chief minister had then said the BJP leaders were interested in restructuring of MCD and had been asking the government to look into the issue.
With MCD elections less than a year away, senior BJP leaders now said the committee has been formed by the ruling party to get “political mileage”.
“If the committee’s mandate is extended to suggest reforms in the Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Police, then we will cooperate with it. But why are they targeting just the MCD?” Malhotra asked.
The BJP is the ruling party in the country’s largest civic body.