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Delhi BJP chief meets Lieutenant Governor

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:32

New Delhi: Amid reports that his party may attempt to form the government in the national capital, BJP`s Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay on Friday met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at Raj Niwas here.

The meeting comes a day after Jung met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for about 20 minutes and reportedly discussed various issues including the political situation in the national capital.

Upadhyay, however, clarified that the issue of government formation "did not figure at all" during his 50-minute meeting with the Lieutenant Governor (LG). He said he took up with Jung the problems of guest schoolteachers and the issue of release of water to Delhi from Haryana.

Upadhyay said that he had also urged the LG to ensure a corruption-free administration in Delhi.
"We told the Lt Governor that a guest teacher is being paid only about Rs 7,000 per month whereas an ordinary employee gets minimum wages much higher than this.

"In the last 15 years, the Congress Government disregarded the interests of the teachers due to which 18,000 posts of teachers are lying vacant... And education has become a business in which contract teachers are being forced to work. As a result the standard of education in government schools with all the amenities are deteriorating," he said.

Upadhyay further said that the LG had expressed deep concern over the problems of teachers and promised that the administration would consider the matter seriously.

The LG`s attention was also drawn towards the decrease in the quantity of water being released from Haryana, and BJP said that the officers of Delhi should raise this issue in the meeting of Upper Yamuna River Board on August 1.

The BJP president also submitted a memorandum to the LG, in which the party demanded establishment of women police stations in every district and sensitisation of policemen.

"It should be ensured that women who go out for education, employment or any other purpose feel safe in the city. Measures should be taken to ensure that people approaching for basic civic amenities do not face any kind of corruption.

"Special measures need to be taken in the zonal offices of municipal corporations, Discoms, IGL, DDA, NDMC, Food Supply Departments which are daily approached by the common man are corruption free. There are rampant complaints of extortion of hawkers etc. By local police constables. This needs to be strictly checked," he stressed.

Upadhyay said though regulating building construction is the job of municipal corporations which have separate departments for this, it has been noticed that the SHOs and local staff of the police take undue interest in these matters and harass people.

"Role of police needs to be curtailed in the building construction cases and this should be widely publicised," he said.

In the memorandum, the Delhi BJP chief also highlighted the cases of atrocities and harassment of students from the Northeast and others being reported in the city.

"Efforts need to be made to provide special protection to this section as they are providing lots of essential services in Delhi," he added.

Recently Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had demanded dissolution of the Delhi Assembly and holding of fresh elections, alleging that BJP is trying to form a government by indulging in horse-trading, a charge denied by the Home Minister himself.

BJP has also been maintaining that it was ready for fresh Assembly elections in Delhi.

First Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:32

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