On the second day of the special session of Delhi Assembly, called to discuss alleged irregularities in the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that “even god” could not get a house built in Delhi without paying a bribe.
As AAP legislators pointed out several examples of alleged corruption in the corporations, he told the House, “Our legislators have given so many examples of corruption in the MCD and I can assure you if the ACB (Anti-Corruption Branch) is handed over to the AAP government, 95 per cent of MCD councillors will be behind bars and so will the former BJP and Congress MLAs. The MCDs are so corrupt that even if (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji wants to get a balcony built in his residence, he will have to give them a bribe. They (BJP) raise slogans of Jai Shri Ram but even god will fail to get a house built in Delhi without paying a bribe.”
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The Assembly also passed a resolution to constitute a ‘House Committee to inquire into alleged rampant corruption and irregularities in the municipal corporations of Delhi, and to suggest measures for improvement in their functioning.’ The nine-member committee will submit its report before the commencement of the next session.
During Friday’s session, Kejriwal claimed that though the AAP government had shelled out a larger sum for the municipal corporations, the civic bodies continuously complained of paucity of funds. “In 2013-14, the Congress government had allocated Rs 416 crore and Rs 1,051 crore to the north and east MCDs respectively. In 2014-15, during President’s rule, the BJP had allocated Rs 441 crore and Rs 848 crore while our government in 2015-16 has given Rs 702 crore and Rs 1,206 crore… to the MCD. Yet, they are complaining of lack of funds. Where has all the money gone? Sab khaa gaye hain (they have taken it all).”
“In east Delhi, only Rs 12 crore per year is earned from advertisements, which comes to Rs 1 crore per month. This is ridiculous because one hoarding fetches Rs 1 lakh. Are they saying there are only 100 hoardings in all of east Delhi, which is one-third of the entire city? There must be at least 500-700 such hoardings but where is all the money going? Similarly, revenue from parking is apparently only Rs 7 crore a year,” he added.