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Sheila must resign within 24 hrs: BJP

india Updated: Sep 02, 2013 00:58 IST
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A court’s order to register an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a fund misuse case came as a godsend for the factionalism-hit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi.

On Sunday, showing a unity that was missing for the past few months, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel rode a motorcycle with his predecessor Vijender Gupta as pillion. Their demand: Ouster of Sheila Dikshit.

The party launched a massive agitation in the Capital on Sunday along with its youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The protesters were seen demanding resignation of the chief minister “within 24 hours”.

“The chief minister must resign and if she is not ready to do so, the Congress must sack her. Her continuation is against norms of governance. She has been clearly indicted by the Lokayukta for the misuse of public funds and then the court has put a stamp of approval on this by ordering the registration of an FIR,” Goel said.

A trial court had ordered the registration of an FIR against Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for an advertising campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly elections. Former Delhi BJP President Vijender Gupta had filed the petition against Dikshit.

“Dikshit is the first chief minister of Delhi to have faced such serious charges. If Delhi Police doesn’t file an FIR against her, then we will approach the President,” said Goel.

Former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta also called for an inquiry against the police. “The police’s role in the entire episode is also suspicious. We have already complained to the CBI and are hoping for an impartial investigation in the case. We will not let the ruling party misuse the government machinery,” Gupta said.

The Delhi Lokayukta had in May held Dikshit guilty of the allegations of misusing public funds on the advertisement campaign and recommended recovery of R11 crore either from her or her party.A court’s order to register an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a fund misuse case came as a godsend for the factionalism-hit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi.

On Sunday, showing a unity that was missing for the past few months, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel rode a motorcycle with his predecessor Vijender Gupta as pillion. Their demand: Ouster of Sheila Dikshit.

The party launched a massive agitation in the Capital on Sunday along with its youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The protesters were seen demanding resignation of the chief minister “within 24 hours”.

“The chief minister must resign and if she is not ready to do so, the Congress must sack her. Her continuation is against norms of governance. She has been clearly indicted by the Lokayukta for the misuse of public funds and then the court has put a stamp of approval on this by ordering the registration of an FIR,” Goel said.

A trial court had ordered the registration of an FIR against Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for an advertising campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly elections. Former Delhi BJP President Vijender Gupta had filed the petition against Dikshit.

“Dikshit is the first chief minister of Delhi to have faced such serious charges. If Delhi Police doesn’t file an FIR against her, then we will approach the President,” said Goel.

Former Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta also called for an inquiry against the police. “The police’s role in the entire episode is also suspicious. We have already complained to the CBI and are hoping for an impartial investigation in the case. We will not let the ruling party misuse the government machinery,” Gupta said.

The Delhi Lokayukta had in May held Dikshit guilty of the allegations of misusing public funds on the advertisement campaign and recommended recovery of R11 crore either from her or her party.