New Delhi: Under attack for his speech on inflow of migrants into Delhi, BJP leader Vijay Goel on Monday said that his statement was taken out of context for "petty political gains" and categorically said that he did not oppose the migration of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar into the national capital.
"My comments were taken out of context for petty political gains. I as well as BJP have always supported the cause of migrants from other states in Delhi. Certain vested interests are unhappy with the growing popularity of BJP in Delhi and hence, they are trying to create an unnecessary controversy by distorting facts," the Rajya Sabha MP told mediapersons here.
Goel said that his speech is available on Rajya Sabha`s official website and anyone can check the facts for themselves.
"I only said that if facilities are improved in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, then people from these states will not feel the need to come to Delhi," he said.
Goel further said that when he read out his speech in the Parliament, other MPs did not raise any objection and some, rather thanked him for raising the issues of Poorvanchalis.
"I said students from UP and Bihar are compelled to come to Delhi in search of good colleges. I also mentioned in my speech that we should ensure that top colleges of Delhi University like SRCC, Hindu college and St Stephens should operate on franchise model like Delhi Public School and open branches of these colleges in various parts of the country so that needy and poor students do not have to come all the way to Delhi," he said.
Senior BJP leaders like west Delhi MP Pravesh Verma, Dr Udit Raj from the north-west Delhi constituency and Mahesh Giri from East Delhi also appeared before the media and backed Goel over the issue saying that Goel`s speech was misreported and distorted for political gains.
Participating in discussion on Delhi Budget in Rajya Sabha on July 31, Goel had talked about various challenges facing Delhi and the issues and hurdles the migrants from other states settling in slums here face.