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BJP steps up attack on CM,says will go to Pranab & L-G to seek her ouster

Party leaders say Congress should sack Sheila if she doesn’t resign on her own

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 2, 2013 2:45 am

A day after a city court ordered the Delhi Police to register an FIR against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly misusing government funds for a poll campaign in 2008,the Delhi BJP stepped up its attack on her. Demanding her resignation,the party on Sunday said it would launch an agitation to seek Dikshit’s ouster.

Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta,former chief of the party’s Delhi unit,on Sunday said a party delegation will meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Delhi Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and seek Dikshit’s removal if the Congress party did not remove her in the next 24 hours.

“The Chief Minister must resign and,if she is not ready to do so,the Congress party must sack her. Her continuation is against the basic norms of governance. She has been clearly indicted by the Lokayukta for misuse of public funds and then the court put its stamp of approval on this by ordering registration of an FIR,” the two BJP leaders said at a joint press conference.

“Dikshit is the first Chief Minister of Delhi to have faced such serious charges. The BJP will launch a massive agitation if she does not step down or is not removed,” they said.

The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha took out a rally to the CM’s residence,demanding her resignation. Many of the protesters were on motorcycles.

Gupta said if voted to power,the BJP in Delhi will ensure a stronger Lokayukta so that influential persons do not run away with public money. “The Delhi BJP will formulate a new Lokayukta Act to ensure this,” he said.

A city court on Saturday directed the Delhi Police to register an FIR against Dikshit on complaints filed by Gupta and RTI activist Vivek Garg,alleging misuse of public funds by the CM for an election advertisement campaign for the 2008 polls.

Special Judge (Anti-Corruption) Narottam Kaushal directed the IP Estate police station to treat the two complaints as FIRs and investigate the matter.

The two complaints,filed in June this year,had alleged Dikshit misused government funds to the tune of Rs 22.56 crore on the advertisement campaign ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls. The complaints referred to an order by the Delhi Lokayukta,passed on May 22,which recommended censure and penalty against Dikshit.

The complaints alleged that in 2007-08,Dikshit was the CM and minister in-charge of information and publicity when the alleged misuse of funds took place.

Both Gupta and Garg had sought registration of an FIR against Dikshit and others for alleged criminal breach of trust (Section 409 IPC),criminal misappropriation of public funds and criminal misconduct under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Police had said no offence could be made out against Dikshit.

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