New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta
today accused Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of creating an
"Emergency-like" situation by slapping a legal notice against
him over hoardings put out by the party against her
government`s policy on power tariff.
Dikshit, who sent a legal notice to Gupta for alleged
defamation yesterday, had sought an apology from him, but the
BJP leader said the Chief Minister should herself apologise to
the people of the state for "making their life miserable".
"A notice was served at my home at 10 pm on a Sunday.
What is her intention behind sending the legal notice? Who is
to decide whether the hoardings violated any Supreme Court-
approved policy?" he asked.
Terming the pulling down of BJP`s hoardings that
highlighted the power tariff issue as a `Tughlaqi order`,
Gupta said he did not believe there was anything in the
advertisement that should have elicited such a "hue and cry".
"The government is trying to create an Emergency-like
situation in the state against those who try to take up the
cause of the common man and is trying to embroil us into legal
tangles to divert attention from the main issues," Gupta told
Gupta also accused the government of siding with the
power discoms while overlooking the cause of the common man.
"She has asked me to apologise, but on the contrary she
herself should apologise to the people for siding with power
companies at their cost, for sitting on the file of a
terrorist (Afzal Guru) for four years and for failing to
establish accountability over the issue of shortage of water
and power supply in 11 years of her rule," he said.
Gupta said BJP activists will tomorrow meet Lt Governor
Tejendra Khanna and submit to him a "chargesheet" against the
The BJP today held demonstrations at 15 different places
in the capital to protest the holding back of the new power
tariff for 2010-11.
"We held jan panchayats, demonstrations and chakka jams
at different places," he said.
"We want the government to stop acting as an agency of
the power discoms and we want the new rates as recommended by
the regulator to be implemented," Gupta said.
The legal notice was slapped against him for defamation
and for allegedly conspiring to malign the Chief Minister`s
reputation and image.
The notice asked Gupta to tender an unconditional
public apology within three days and withdraw all false
allegations levelled in advertisements on hoardings across the
Gupta, however, said no democratically elected government
would respond to criticism in such a way.