The registration of an FIR against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has the opposition BJP in the national capital planning a massive drive to highlight the issue in the run up to the assembly elections,even as the Congress grapples to find a fitting riposte.
A Delhi court on Saturday ordered police to register an FIR against Dikshit for allegedly misusing public funds for political publicity in the run up to the 2008 elections. Earlier,former BJP president Vijendra Gupta had moved the court based on Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarins order against Dikshit regarding the same issue.
BJP MLA Harsh Vardhan on Monday stated that the issue could not be taken lightly.
This is not just some random accusation,but an order from a court of law. Moreover,this is based on an earlier order by the Lokayukta. The BJP believes this is an issue that should be brought into the domain of the public, he said.
Senior BJP leaders stated that the party had already planned a massive drive to highlight the FIR against Dikshit in the run up to the elections. After a motorcycle rally on Sunday,the BJP now plans to approach Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday seeking Dikshits dismissal. The BJP has also requested a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee.
As a responsible opposition party,it is our duty to inform the people of Delhi about how public funds are spent. If funds were misused in 2008 it can easily happen in 2013. We will soon publicise the CMs wrongdoings through the press,hoardings and in all public meetings, a senior BJP leader said. He added that this was not,in fact,the first such adverse order against Dikshit as the Lokayukta had over the last year,passed at least three orders against her.
Meanwhile,the Congress preferred to remain tight-lipped on the issue and only maintained that the FIR would not become an election issue.
Though Dikshit was unavailable for comment,sources in the party stated that the FIR and its implications had been discussed by the leadership in Delhi. The Congress would not like to say anything about this issue. We will respond in a few days if we have to, a senior leader said.