Delhi BJP leaders on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit resign on moral grounds following the order by Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin in which he had indicted her for misrepresentation of facts with respect to allotment of flats to the poor under the Rajiv Rattan Awas Yojana.
Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta in a statement accused the Chief Minister of “misleading the poor people of Delhi” ahead of the 2008 Assembly elections and for spending crores on advertisements making false claims.
Mr. Gupta said he had also filed a petition before the Lokayukta on the issue of putting out these advertisements. Mr. Gupta also accused the Chief Minister of misleading the people about the regularisation of unauthorised colonies. “The Chief Minister had on October 4, 2008, organised a big rally at Chhatrasal Stadium and got distributed provisional certificates to 1,639 unauthorised colonies by Congress president Sonia Gandhi with the promise that all the colonies would be regularised. But now the task force of Delhi Government is putting the residents of these colonies behind bars for even carrying out small constructions.”
Former Union Minister Vijay Goel said while the Lokayukta has hauled up Ms. Dikshit for misrepresenting to the poor that 60,000 flats under the economically weaker section were ready for allotment when not even a fraction of that number was actually ready, it should also be noted that even in her Budget speech of 2011-12, the Chief Minister had stated that while 13,800 EWS Housing Scheme flats were already available, as may as 2,7,700 houses will be constructed from 2011-12. “Even these numbers do not add up to 60,000,” he added.
“A scam in the making”
Mr. Goel cautioned that the latest scam to hit the Delhi Government would be the one involving planting of 10 lakh saplings during the monsoons. “This scheme, like all other schemes in Delhi, will be another source of corruption. During Commonwealth Games 2010 lakhs of saplings were planted and they needed to be protected first. But almost 50 per cent of them have already vanished.”
Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly V. K. Malhotra also claimed that the Lokayukta’s order has only “put a stamp on the allegations” levelled by the BJP that the Congress Government in Delhi was repeatedly making false and hollow assurances to the people.