Congress,BJP war of words disrupts House

East Corpn opposition ridicules BJP chief’s attempt to woo Dalits

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 1:36 am

Ugly scenes were witnessed in the meeting of the House in East Municipal Corporation on Monday after Congress and BJP councillors accused each other of just using the Dalit community as a vote bank,without ensuring their welfare.

Congress councillors alleged that the BJP,which controls the corporation,is anti-Dalit as the party had so far not constituted a committee for the welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the civic body.

The opposition also ridiculed Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel for his much publicised stay at Dalit homes. “Vijay Goel claims to reach out to Dalits by staying in Dalit bastis,but his party is deliberately delaying the constitution of an SC/ST committee for vested interests,” Varyam Kaur,leader of Opposition in East corporation,said.

She said the main reason the BJP did not have an SC/ST committee was because the party had fewer SC/ST councillors than the Congress,and hence,feared losing the posts of chairman and deputy chairman in the committee. According to the rules of the corporation,a committee must be constituted for the welfare of the SC/ST community immediately after the first meeting of the House.

At the meeting,several Congress councillors shouted slogans against Goel and termed the BJP anti-Dalit. The opposition also tried to disrupt the meeting and finally staged a walk out.

However,the BJP denied the allegations and said a SC/ST committee would be constituted soon. Sanjay Surjan,chairman of standing committee in East corporation,said,“The charge is baseless. We are in very favour of constituting the committee. But the matter was referred to the legal cell and it has opined that any councillor of SC/ST community,whether he is from reserved ward or general ward,can be member in the committee. We have already started the process and it will be constituted at the earliest.”

Meanwhile,Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel led a delegation to meet Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday,alleging a complete collapse of governance in the city. The delegation comprised all mayors of all three municipal corporations,BJP general secretaries and other senior leaders. Goel expressed his concern over poor governance,particularly in Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters. To highlight the issue,the party also announced a massive rally on August 4. “We took up with the L-G the state of urban poor in the city,especially in the JJ clusters. None of the schemes meant have delivered any benefit,and we have demanded a high level probe into these schemes,in which money meant for the poor is being siphoned off,” Goel said.

Speaking of the low-cost housing scheme in JJ clusters,Goel said,“The CM had announced the construction of 60,000 low-cost flats under the Rajiv Ratan Awas,but only about 14,000 could be built and no houses have been allotted under this scheme so far.”

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