New Delhi: BJP on Thursday demanded resignation
of Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia for his alleged links with
Amritpal Singh, owner of the collapsed building in East Delhi,
saying he should step down to ensure an impartial inquiry.
Senior BJP leader V K Malhotra alleged that Walia knew
the arrested builder and he must resign following "serious
allegations" by Singh that he had informed the Minister about
accumulation of water in the building.
"The owner of the building has said that he had
informed Walia about the condition of the building. These are
serious allegations. Even Walia had admitted that accumulation
of water weakened the building leading to its collapse,"
Walia last night had dismissed the allegations as
"mischievous" and said he had not met Singh "in recent months"
and hence the question of the owner informing him of
accumulation of water in the building does not arise.
Accumulation of flood water in the basement has been
identified as one of the reasons for collapse of the building
in east Delhi`s Lalita Park on Monday night in which 70 people
have lost their lives.
"The allegations are far away from truth," Walia had
Claiming that he followed all rules in construction of
the five-storeyed building, Singh reportedly said he had told
"ministers personally about the details of the building."
Expressing satisfaction over appointment of a judicial
probe, Malhotra, however, said BJP will corner the government
over the issue in the winter session of the Assembly beginning
"Primarily Delhi Government is responsible for the
mishap as its Flood Control department and Delhi Jal Board
totally failed to drain out the flood water from the area
which weakened the building leading to its collapse," he said.
Asked whether BJP-ruled MCD was responsible for the
incident as checking unauthorised construction falls under its
domain, he said, if found guilty, officials from the civic
body should also be punished.
He indicated that BJP may demand that a House
Committee probe the incident.
Amid growing public outrage over the collapse, Delhi
government yesterday appointed a one-member judicial
commission to probe the incident.
Over 60 families, mostly labourers from West Bengal,
were living in the cramped quarters of the 15-year-old
building where an illegal fifth floor was under construction.
Malhotra, after chairing a BJP legislative party
meeting, said the party will vociferously raise various
issues, including corruption in CWG projects, adulteration of
food articles, lack of basic facilities in unauthorised
colonies and shortage of drinking water in many areas.