New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel on Sunday blamed certain "vested interests" for creating a controversy over his remarks on migrants in Delhi and said he has been advocating for providing better amenities to them in the national capital.
"I have categorically said that all those who have migrated to Delhi should be provided with all possible facilities required for a good quality life. I myself as well as the 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. This is deplorable," Goel said in a statement here.
Goel claimed that he had categorically stated in his speech on Delhi Budget in Rajya Sabha on July 31 that he did not oppose the migration of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the national capital.
"My speech is available on Rajya Sabha`s official website and anyone can see that facts are being distorted. I clearly spoke in favour of more facilities for people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who are compelled to migrate to Delhi due to lack of opportunities at their native places," he added.
On Thursday last, Goel had talked in the Rajya Sabha about various challenges facing Delhi and said migrants from other states often settle in slums which later become unauthorised colonies. He had said there was a need to address the issue of continuous migration into Delhi.