Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that the ruling BJP was using the municipal strike in the Capital to make a case to impose President’s Rule in Delhi.
Taking potshots at the Centre, he said that the central government was always quick in declaring certain decisions taken by the AAP government in Delhi as null and void. But when it came to providing financial assistance to the ailing civic bodies, which technically report to the Centre, the blame was being shifted to the Delhi government.
Demanding a CBI inquiry into the “salary scam” in the civic bodies, Kejriwal said: “An impression is being created as if Delhi government was responsible for the financial mess in the MCDs, which are being ruled by the BJP for the past 10 years. There are huge scams in the MCDs. A situation is being created through the strike of the municipal workers to show that there is a crisis in Delhi”.
“The Modi government has dictatorial tendencies. Someone told me they are trying to create a situation to impose President’s Rule in Delhi the way they imposed it in Arunachal Pradesh,” the chief minister said in Bengaluru.
Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru for naturopathy, said his government had allocated double the amount of funds to the three civic bodies in the current fiscal compared to the previous year. He said the funds “had either been diverted or siphoned off ”.
“If the CBI could probe us then why not the MCDs? We had ordered inspection of accounts of the civic bodies. When the divisional commissioner wanted to audit their spending, the MCDs refused to cooperate. The state government is fully entitled to scrutinise accounts of the MCDs as per section 486 of the DMC Act,” Kejriwal said.
While the BJP leaders accused the chief minister of being ‘politically active’ in Bengaluru, AAP leaders said the fact that Kejriwal himself chose to announce the bailout package showed his commitment to residents.
“The political opponents might think he is on a sabbatical but the chief minister has been involved in handling the civic crisis. Even when he was an activist, he has worked for the cause of sanitation workers in areas like Sunder Nagri in east Delhi,” an AAP leader said.
In Delhi, on the eighth day of the civic strike, the workers dumped garbage on roads in several areas in east and north Delhi and blocked arterial roads such as Vikas Marg and NH-24, causing traffic snarls.
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A group of protestors carried out a ‘sadh-buddhi-yagna’ at the municipal headquarters
We hope that the move will bring some common sense to the Arvind Kejriwal government and he will be able to take better decisions. Before municipal employees, we are residents of Delhi, we are the ones who voted for him in the elections. He should keep that in mind,” said Rajinder Mewati, general secretary, United Front of MCD employees.