Party takes strength from support
New Delhi: The sit-in stir by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues outside LG’s office has got a lot of support. Seeing that, AAP has decided to continue the strike until the demands are met.
Former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav said about BJP members sitting on dharna outside Kejriwal’s office that “the ruling party capturing CM’s office is pointing to a situation worse than murder of democracy”.
Actor Kamal Haasan, former deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, historian Ramachandra Guha also backed AAP’s demand that Centre’s hostility towards the Delhi government should end and bureaucrats should cooperate.
Yechury tweeted: “BJP central government is using the office of the LG to obstruct the elected state government in Delhi to discharge its constitutional duties. This is despicable....”
Hasan said what’s happening in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry isn’t too different.
Recalling how the then “PM AB Vajpayee did not treat Delhi government in the 2000s with hostility”, Guha advised the Modi regime to do likewise. New Delhi: The three mayors of Delhi came together on Thursday slamming chief minister CM Arvind Kejriwal and his government for not releasing funds under various heads — recommendations of the fourth finance commission, municipal reform funds, urban development and transport. If the cash-strapped corporations don’t get the funds within a week, all elected representatives will hold a dharna at the CM’s residence, the mayors said.
Pointing out that the three corporations require around Rs 7,000 crore annually only to pay salaries and pensions, the mayors claimed that the government owed the north, south and east corpoartions around Rs 9,000 crore.
North corporation mayor Adesh Gupta said the government owed it Rs 2,514 under the finance commission, municipal reform funds and global share heads, and Rs 600 crore for urban development and transport.
In 2017-18, the north and south corporations received Rs 472 crore each while the east corporation got Rs 282 crore for urban development and transport. However, in 2018-19, this fund has been slashed to zero, the mayors said.
“No allocation has been made for jhuggi-jhopri resettlement, improvement through horticulture, constructions of community centres and dhobi ghats, Swachh Bharat and AMRUT,” said Gupta. “The corporations will find it difficult to carry out any development work.”
Pointing out that the east corporation is the worst affected, mayor Bipin Bihari Singh said the Delhi CM was hell bent to stop functioning of the BJP-ruled corporations in order to draw political mileage out of it. “Under UD allotment, Rs 140 crore would have been for paying safai karamcharis, but no funds has been released so far,” said Singh.
South corporation’s Narender Chawla said they had sent numerous letters to the government, but hadn’t received any reply. “We are not asking for a loan but our own money. Slashing the funds will cripple essential services,” said Chawla.
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