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BJP leaders stage dharna at L-G house demanding probe into alleged DTC bus scam

BJP leader Vijender Gupta said party leaders were inside the premises for three hours and returned only after Baijal assured a CBI probe.

Written by Abhinav Rajput | New Delhi |
Updated: July 15, 2021 7:27:20 am
A delegation led by Delhi BJP president Aadesh Gupta, Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, and MLA Vijendra Gupta met the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. (Twitter/adeshguptabjp)

BJP leaders Wednesday held a dharna inside the L-G house, the Raj Niwas, demanding that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) probe the alleged scam in procurement of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses.

BJP leader Vijender Gupta said party leaders were inside the premises for three hours and returned only after Baijal assured a CBI probe.

A delegation, led by Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, Leader of Opposition in Delhi assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, and Gupta met Baijal. “However, we did not get a satisfactory assurance, and so we decided to stage a dharna at Raj Niwas,” said Bidhuri.

The BJP leaders have alleged discrepancies of up to Rs 3,500 crore in the maintenance contract for the buses.

The Delhi Congress, too, filed a complaint with the CBI, demanding a probe into the AMC contract. It had previously complained to the Central Vigilance Commission.

As reported by The Indian Express, a three-member committee constituted by L-G Anil Baijal has recommended that a Rs 3,412 crore, 12-year annual maintenance contract (AMC) for the proposed 1,000 low-floor buses awarded by the DTC be scrapped over “procedural lapses”. On purchase of buses, though, it said: “The tendering process of purchase of buses warrants no interference and suffers from no major infirmity.”

The Deputy CM had then said the BJP “lost its face” as the report had termed as baseless the allegations made by the party.

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