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Sheila’s return to Delhi won’t hurt AAP: Sisodia

Sisodia maintained that he did not discuss the issue of government formation or fresh polls in Delhi.

Manish Sisodia leaves the Lt-Governor’s residence on Wednesday (Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)
Manish Sisodia leaves the Lt-Governor’s residence on Wednesday (Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the midst of a signature campaign for fresh Assembly polls in the capital, AAP senior leader and Patparganj MLA Manish Sisodia met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday afternoon to raise issues relating to his constituency.

Speaking to mediapersons outside the L-G’s residence, Sisodia maintained that he did not discuss the issue of government formation or fresh polls in Delhi.

When asked if Sheila Dikshit’s return to the capital, following her resignation as Kerala Governor, could spoil the AAP’s chances in the Assembly elections, Sisodia said his party will not suffer.

“She should not have been made the Governor in the first place. The post was given to her to save her from going to jail — owing to the numerous cases of financial irregularities in Delhi during her tenure as the Delhi Chief Minister,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the former Delhi education minister said he discussed matters pertaining to his constituency, like the issues of residents of resettlement colonies, during the meeting.

“Delhi government charges around Rs 12 lakh from residents of resettlement colonies for converting their plots into freehold property. The people who live in these colonies are poor and if they had so much money at their disposal, they would not be living in such settlements. We have requested the L-G to decrease the rates for converting these plots into freehold property. The basic sum could be fixed at
Rs 10,000 while other expenses can amount to Rs 50,000,” Sisodia said.

Meanwhile, Sisodia also asked the L-G to keep a check on companies distributing power in the area. In a letter to the L-G, Sisodia said, “These companies are increasing the load of households at their whims and fancies. Because of this, electricity bills have climbed from Rs 600 to Rs 2,000.”

Sisodia also raised the issue of high-tension wires in Mandawali area in Patparganj, which is causing a serious threat to residents in the area.