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Delhi government's removing hoardings undemocratic: MCD

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2010 21:40 IST

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Sunday accused state Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of having acted in an "undemocratic" manner by allegedly removing the hoardings put up by the BJP against the increased power tariff.

"Through these hoardings we were spreading general awareness on issues concerning the people. The government has in a single day illegally pulled down all the hoardings put up at 30 different sites," MCD house leader Subhash Arya said.

He claimed that all hoardings were completely legal, as the party had gone through the proper channels to pay for the authorised advertising sites.

Arya also alleged that there had been no written order by any authority to pull down these hoardings.

"The MCD had auctioned several sites after the Supreme Court's permission. Our party used only those legal sites. Then why should the government pull down these hoardings?" he asked.

"The BJP would again use these hoardings as the party has already paid for it. If the government stops us again we will go to the court against the anarchical step of the Delhi government," Arya said.

Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the MCD standing committee, alleged the government "does not care for the public, instead they are using the government machinery for their own benefit".

"We will build up a public campaign against the undemocratic action of Delhi government. We shall compel them to reduce the electricity tariff," Chandolia added.

A 20 percent reduction in power tariff which was proposed by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) was blocked by the Delhi government.