Party takes strength from sup­port

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | LG VS AAP - @times­group.com

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.

Mayank.Manohar South cor­po­ra­tion East cor­po­ra­tion

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