Politics over garbage is gaining momentum in the Capital, with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding the dissolution of the BJP-ruled municipal corporations and fresh elections to the civic bodies.
Kejriwal’s comments came amid an ongoing strike by municipal employees to demand pending salaries and arrears.
Leaders of the BJP and AAP are already engaged in a war of words over the disbursal of funds to the civic bodies.
The chief minister, who is undergoing naturopathy in Bengaluru for a cough problem, tweeted: “Management of an organization, which can’t pay salaries to employees, doesn’t hv rt to continue. MCD shud be dissolved. Hold fresh elections (sic.).”
His deputy, Manish Sisodia, asked the Centre to dissolve the three MCDs as the ruling dispensation “had failed on all fronts of governance”.
“BJP not being able to run the MCDs. People who can’t run civic bodies, who are can’t keep the city clean and who are unable to pay even the salary of employees have no business being in power. We demand the Centre to dissolve the three MCDs,” Sisodia told reporters.
The next round of elections to the three municipal bodies are due in April 2017. The Bharatiya Janata Party has been in power for the last nine years in the municipal corporations. The BJP was successful in retaining power in all the three corporations after the trifurcation of the unified MCD in 2012.
The deputy CM reiterated the AAP government’s stand that all estimated funds to pay salaries for the entire year had been disbursed and that the BJP leaders needed to give details where these funds were spent.
“When we formed a committee to look into the expenditure, the BJP leaders opposing it saying the government had no authority to audit utilisation of funds. We are duty-bound to provide funds but not to enquire about expenditure. What kind of power is that?,” said Sisodia, adding that the government released all funds despite the corporations failing to submit the mandatory utilisation certificate.