After safai karmacharis of the BJP-ruled East Municipal Corporation went on a waste-dumping spree on roads in East and North Delhi last week, the AAP government has decided to stake claim on the municipal corporation.
The government will write to the Centre, through the Lt-Governor, to stake its claim on the corporation.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “If the BJP cannot handle the corporation and if the corporation is going into losses, then they should hand it over to us and we will run it. We will write to the L-G regarding this,” he said.
Sisodia also questioned the BJP on its running of the East corporation. “The salary of safai karmacharis of East corporation comes to Rs 55 crore every month. Where has the money gone? They have not got the salary for three months,” Sisodia said.
Nagendra Sharma, media advisor of the Delhi government, said under Section 490 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, the government has the power to take over the corporation in four scenarios. “These four scenarios are when the corporation is financially unviable; unprofessional; corrupt and/or professionally incompetent,” Sharma said.
Officials also said the government has the power to dissolve the corporation and once the civic body is financially stable, elections can be announced.
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhayay alleged that the Delhi government has been preparing the ground for this takeover for almost two months.
“How can one tell a publicly elected body to relinquish the seats? Now that the AAP has failed in governing the city, should we also go and tell them to leave the Delhi government to us? When they speak, they should keep the legality of their comments in mind,” Upadhyay said.
Reacting to the government’s statement, East Delhi Mayor Meenakshi said, “The chief minister should concentrate on running his party and his government both of which are mired in conflict. How can they take over the corporation when the civic body has elected representatives?
The BJP has the mandate to run the municipal corporations.”