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BJP says govt removed Gupta’s staff

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2016 07:20 IST

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday claimed the Delhi government removed employees posted with leader of opposition Vijender Gupta.

Gupta alleged that eight persons working in his office as peon, driver and office boy were transferred on Thursday. Senior BJP leaders have decided to protest at Rajghat on Saturday morning.

“How can you remove all my staff in one go? I can’t go to office and do any work as I don’t have any supporting staff. They are targeting me because I exposed the scam in the bus aggregator scheme,” said Gupta.

A Delhi government spokesperson refuted the charges. “Eight co-terminus staff is provided to him. It is a matter of shame routine transfer/posting is being politicised. You are elected as public servant to serve the public, not to enjoy perks,” said the spokesperson.

“Soon after coming to power, the Kejriwal government had clearly indicated that opposition and dissent are not acceptable. It tried its best not to give recognition to the Leader of Opposition on the basis of its strength in the House but finally had to do so under pressure from the people. Guptaji and other MLAs exposed the double standard of the government in the case of guest teachers and after that complained to the ACB about corruption in the premium bus service,” said Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay.

The BJP alleged that in the morning Gupta’s official car driver was asked by the office of the CM’s secretary to bring back the car. “I had gone to Narela where the driver suddenly told him that he has been ordered to go to the secretariat, leaving me there. I have filed a complaint with Delhi Police,” said Gupta.

The AAP spokesperson termed these allegations as baseless.

“Gupta should not make these allegations. He got the status of leader of opposition because of the Delhi government. The BJP didn’t even have the numbers to form an opposition. It is strange he is guessing there is corruption in some government work that has not even happened yet. ACB acts only on the complaints of BJP leaders,” said AAP’s Delhi unit head, Dilip Pandey.

BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar said the government was trying to prove that the posting of employees was a regular transfer and the car was withdrawn to replace it. But he said the BJP wanted to ask Kejriwal how these regular transfers happened suddenly after the investigation order into the premium bus service.

First Published: Jun 04, 2016 07:20 IST