Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday challenged the BJP to come forward and admit that it was incapable of running the municipal corporations and hand them over to the Delhi government.
“I have been wondering for the last month or two about what really happens in the MCDs. Whenever leaders of the MCDs come to meet us, they either blame the Delhi government for something or the other or ask us to give them funds. But when we asked them how they were going to run the corporations, I saw no vision. The answers have been the same,” Sisodia said during the Budget session that began on Tuesday.
Sisodia’s statement comes in the light of yet another political tussle earlier this month, in which the AAP-run Delhi government had locked horns with the BJP-run East corporation over the payment of salaries of sanitation workers that led to a 12-day strike. The strike was called off after the Delhi government released Rs 256 crore for payment of salaries of sanitation workers.
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“Let them (BJP) be bold enough to say that they cannot run the MCDs. We will not only run the MCDs but pay salaries and waive off previous loans. We will do it if they can’t,” Sisodia said.
As the three BJP MLAs protested loudly, Sisodia said, “The truth is bitter. When leadership is questioned, such words are uttered.” He said that the Delhi government had given enough assistance to the corporations. “We have given enough to the MCDs but we know that they have cut salaries of safai karmacharis to build a swimming pool. Their leaders have no understanding or vision on how to run the MCDs,” Sisodia said.
At least four AAP MLAs accused the three BJP-run municipal corporations of widespread corruption that led to unauthorised constructions thriving in the capital.
MLA Rajesh Rishi said that in the Walled City, unauthorised constructions were unchecked and the precarious constructions would prove devastating in the event of a natural disaster like an earthquake.
Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba said there were about 400 court cases against illegal constructions and at least 14-15 reminders had been issued to the MCDs by courts but to no avail. Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh said, “The prime minister asks a question to the people whether they have witnessed any corruption in the last one year. But the MCD that is run by the prime minister’s party, has been indulging in corrupt practices for the last eight years.”