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PM, home ministry trying to save CM, says Malhotra

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2012 00:19 IST
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Leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Thursday alleged that the union home ministry and the prime minister's office have sent wrong reports to the President on Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna to save CM Sheila Dikshit.

Before the last assembly elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had promised 60,000 houses for the poorer sections of society but could not fulfil it.

The Delhi Lokayukt in July 2011 had stated that to garner popularity ahead of the 2008 assembly polls, Dikshit had announced that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready, when it was not so. Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin then recommended the President to censure her for misrepresenting the facts.

The BJP leader said following the Lokayukt's comments, the home ministry and the PM's office sent recommendations to the President that absolved the CM.

"The Lokayukt has declared the report as incorrect and it was sent to the President to just save Dikshit. The Lokayukt has even said if sufficient justification and reply was not given, he would table the report in the Assembly," said Malhotra, urging the CM to resign.

Malhotra said the President takes action as per the advice of the prime minister and the home minister. "However, the way the two have advised the President in the case of Dikshit, it just seems like they are only trying to save her,” he said.