Power play over garbage as people suffer in East Delhi

  • Mohit Sharma and Ashni Dhaor, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2015 00:21 IST

A political drama played along heaps of garbage that piled up on East Delhi's streets amid a raging blame game over who exactly was responsible for the mess on Friday.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi sat on a protest along with other agitators outside the East Delhi Municipal Corporation office in Patparganj and said the strike was the only way for civic workers to seek their rights.

Minutes after Rahul initiated his interaction with the sanitation workers, BJP leaders of the Delhi unit reached out to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, seeking early release of funds for the corporation.

Desperate to not be seen on the wrong side, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tweeted that the Aam Aadmi Party government had already released the funds.

The sanitation workers have been on a strike since June 1 against the non-payment of salaries for over two months.

Rahul while addressing the protesters said that while Delhi and the central government had been taking the issue lightly, he would continue to protest with the workers till their right was given to them. "You go to Delhi government, it says the Centre is responsible. You go to the Centre, they say Delhi government is responsible. They will not give you anything till you show your strength," Rahul said.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, however, said it was the effort of mayors of the municipal corporations that had resulted in the allocation of funds worth about `493 crore, which will be released to two municipal corporations through the Lt Governor.

"Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi are shedding crocodile tears only for the sake of the votes. If the Delhi government was worried about sanitation, it would have paid the funds and consequently avoided such strike," said Upadhyay.

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