Congress withholding pension under `garb` of model code: Goel

Last Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 23:08

New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Friday accused Congress government of not allowing the three municipal corporations to disburse Rs 77 crore pensions to beneficiaries "under the garb of model code of conduct."
"The three municipal commissioners, appointed by Delhi government, are acting at its behest to tarnish the image of the three municipal corporations ruled by BJP to hurt our poll prospects in coming assembly polls," Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said.

BJP has asked all the three mayors of the municipal corporations to seek an explanation from the respective municipal commissioners regarding the blockade of disbursement of pension to the needy sections of society, he said while addressing a meeting of district presidents.

"Nearly 2 lakh people have been adversely affected due to political ploy of the municipal commissioners in the garb of model code of conduct. Pensions cannot be stopped according to our understanding of the Election Commission`s guidelines," Goel said.

He alleged that pension given by Delhi government is being released to the beneficiaries.

"This is being done to make people feel that the BJP- ruled municipal corporations are anti-people, whereas the reality is that the municipal commissioners are playing into the hands of the government," he said.

The pension amount of Rs 77 crore has been approved for disbursement by all the three BJP-ruled corporations, he said.

The beneficiaries are extremely vulnerable segments of society comprising old persons, widows and specially abled people, among others, he said, adding that "this reflects the unsympathetic attitude of the present Delhi government."

PTI

First Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 23:08

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