What world-class city? Delhi BJP flays govt

The BJP also staged a brief walkout from the Assembly in the beginning of Question Hour to protest the non-removal of Chauhan.

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 23:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to debunk the
government`s claim of making Delhi a "world-class city", the
BJP today said it failed to provide basic services to citizens
and slammed it for "trying to cut down" the power of Lokayukta
instead of removing a cabinet minister as recommended by him.

Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the Lt Governor`s
Address at the Delhi Assembly, Leader of Opposition V K
Malhotra said the speech did not have any mention of important
issues like unauthorised colonies, water supply, adulteration,
traffic problems, pollution of Yamuna river and corruption.

"The government had said it will have zero-tolerance on
corruption. But we see there is no plan before it for
combating illegal and corrupt practices. The Lokayukta had
recommended removal of a minister but instead of doing that,
it is talking about cutting down the power of Lokayukta
itself," Malhotra said.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had last month
recommended sacking of PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for
trying to protect a leading resort in a tax evasion case,
holding him guilty of "misconduct" of "grave nature".

The BJP today also staged a brief walkout from the
Assembly in the beginning of Question Hour to protest the
non-removal of Chauhan. The government had earlier said it may
have a relook into the Lokayukta`s powers to make the system
more "just".

Malhotra termed the government as "anti-people" and
"anti-poor". He said while the government talks of making
Delhi a "world-class city", media calls it "rape capital" and
"crime capital" of the country.

"In this world-class city, 2500 children go missing in
one year, reports of contaminated water come out, there are
more mobile phones than toilets and more beds in five-star
hotels than in hospitals," he said.

The BJP leader also talked about adulteration of food
items, rise in fares of bus and Metro and issue of Bangladeshi
migrants coming in large numbers in the city.

He asked the government why did it not seek full
statehood for Delhi and why the Chief Minister have made some
matters like BRT corridor "her prestige issue".

PTI