Delhi remains one,will govern it as one,says BJP chief Gupta

A day after the mayors of the three newly-formed corporations took charge,the BJP made it clear that Delhi will be ruled uniformly.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2012 1:24 am

A day after the mayors of the three newly-formed corporations took charge,the BJP made it clear that Delhi will be ruled uniformly. In an effort to play down the trifurcation of the corporation,Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said no zone will get priority and party policies will be uniformly implemented in all corporations.

Making an appearance with the three mayors,Gupta said,“As we have won all three corporations,we will ensure that there is no disparity in governance in the corporations. Our agenda was one and the same problems persist in all parts of Delhi. We cannot divide the residents of Delhi. Everyone has the right to the same standards of service,irrespective of the corporation he or she resides in,” said Gupta.

He said the three Mayors — Savita Gupta,Meera Aggarwal and Annapurna Mishra — will be a unified front against the Delhi government which,he claimed,was not releasing funds due to the corporations.

“There are dues of Rs 2,305 crore to the corporations. We want to construct parking lots,public toilets and strengthen schools,but the government is acting in a step-motherly manner and denying us funds. We are still awaiting the fourth Finance Commission report which is delayed due to laxity of the government,” said Gupta.

Mayor of the North Delhi corporation Meera Aggarwal said the government can give bail-out packages to private power companies but were reluctant to allot funds to civic bodies. “We are only asking for our due share. They promised to fill up the revenue gap but now they are refusing to give it,” she said.

The BJP alleged that the budget which was adopted in the first meeting of Houses was prepared on the advice of the chief minister and corporations had to accept it due to technical compulsions,since without a budget no corporation could function. The BJP also demanded that councillors’ funds should be increased by Rs 1 crore.

Annapurna Mishra,Mayor,East Delhi Corporation,criticised the Delhi government for not ensuring smooth functioning of corporations. “We are facing problems as there are no officials to start work. We knew that we would face problems initially,but let us at least face it with adequate staff,” she said.

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