A delegation of Delhi BJP leaders led by Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday and requested him not to go ahead with the proposal to bring the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) under the Delhi government.
“We have told him the Centre can consider giving full statehood to Delhi which will automatically bring MCD under the city government,” Malhotra said.
The senior BJP leader said that giving controlling powers of BJP-ruled MCD to Delhi government would create “unnecessary problems” for the civic agency.
“The home minister told us that nothing has been finalised and that his ministry just sought opinion from the Delhi government, Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the civic body on the proposal,” he said.
The Union Home Ministry in its proposal had talked about giving power to the Delhi government to dissolve the civic body. Besides, Delhi government will also have powers to carry out delimitation of MCD wards.
The BJP delegation, which also comprised Delhi State BJP chief OP Kohli and mayor Kanwar Sain, requested Chidambaram to release more funds to the MCD to carry out sanitation and other works related to civic facilities.
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Vijay Goel slammed the Delhi government for lack of preparation ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Goel, who met visiting CGF chief Mike Fennel, claimed Fennel was not at all happy with the state of affairs. “He told me there was no way he could transfer these Games to a new venue (due to lack of time), postpone them or not hold them at all,” Goel said.
The former Union minister said, other than infrastructure, Fennel was concerned about completion of the projects on time without compromising on quality. The requirements for the Games to be held in August 2010 should be finalised now, Goel said.