February 19, 2014 12:43:35 am
The Congress on Tuesday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, during the short period it was in power in Delhi, had done irreparable harm to the capital by crippling its finances. The party alleged former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal didn’t allow the Finance Bill to be passed and, in an effort to get the Swaraj Bill passed, stopped all development work in Delhi.
The Congress promised a “political chargesheet” against the Kejriwal government and said it would launch a ‘Pol Khol Abhiyan’ against the AAP in Delhi, beginning Sunday. “With elections round the corner, Kejriwal will attempt to portray all the problems in Delhi as issues he could have resolved. We will ensure such claims are not passed off as truths by the AAP,” a senior Congress leader said.
The party alleged the resignation of Kejriwal was orchestrated and part of the AAP’s political gameplan. Kejriwal submitted his resignation to Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung after his government was unsuccessful in introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly.
“The AAP had no intention of passing the Jan Lokpal Bill. The only thing that Kejriwal has achieved through all this, is to fool the people of Delhi,” Arvinder Singh Lovely, Delhi Congress chief, said.
The Congress said while the AAP spoke about ‘Swaraj’ in Delhi, the party had, in effect, stopped all-round development in the capital in an attempt to introduce mohalla sabhas. “The Cabinet meeting, under Kejriwal, has created a constitutional crisis. Budgetary allocations have been stopped… But the fact is, even the outline of the Swaraj Bill has not been approved by the Cabinet,” Mukesh Sharma, senior Congress leader, alleged.
With the AAP government gone, the Congress is now looking to use the issues of power and water — two pet issues of the Kejriwal government — to regain lost ground in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Harsh Vardhan skips meet called by Goel
New Delhi: BJP’s Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel on Tuesday held a meeting of the election committee to discuss the Lok Sabha polls. The meeting was, however, given a miss by Harsh Vardhan and newly appointed Delhi in-charge Prabhat Jha.
“The in-charge and leader of the legislature party did not attend the meeting. Goel has been claiming that he has submitted his resignation, then on what basis was this meeting conducted? I raised this in the meeting as well. I believe this is a futile exercise,” a senior leader said. Arti Mehra, Pravesh Verma, R P Singh, Yogendra Chandolia and Shikha Rai were among those who attended the meeting. BJP leaders, who attended the meeting, were asked to give names for the Lok Sabha seats in the capital. Goel said the party would finalise the names for the seven seats by February 28.
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