Remove Dikshit to ensure a fair probe, demands BJP

Upping the ante, the BJP on Wednesday demanded removal of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to ensure a fair probe into alleged bungling in CWG projects and bringing her into the ambit of investigation.

New Delhi: Upping the ante, the BJP on Wednesday
demanded removal of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to
ensure a fair probe into alleged bungling in CWG projects and
bringing her into the ambit of investigation.

Seeking a thorough probe into the allegations of
corruption, Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said as Chief
Minister, Dikshit should take responsibility for all the
corruption in projects worth nearly Rs 20,000 implemented by
the Delhi government.
"Dikshit should step down on her own and if she does
not, then she should be removed for ensuring a fair probe into
the allegations of corruption in Delhi Government projects,"
he said addressing a press conference.

Accusing Dikshit of seeking to pass the buck to the
Organising Committee for all the irregularities, Gupta said
she was trying hard to absolve herself.

"The Chief Minister must be brought under the ambit of
the probe as she is responsible for irregularities in
projects worth Rs 20,000 crore," Gupta added.

Alleging "massive corruption" in projects implemented
by various Delhi government agencies, Gupta also demanded
holding back of remaining payments to contractors and
consultants involved in Games projects.

Claiming that several "top people" allegedly involved
in bungling are planning to flee the country, he said
passports of all such suspects should be confiscated
immediately.
Demanding "exemplary punishment" to all those involved
in irregularities, Gupta said BJP will take out a protest
march to Prime Minister`s residence on Friday to press for a
thorough probe.

Asked about irregularities in projects implemented by
BJP-ruled MCD, he said "anybody involved in wrongdoing must
be punished".

Gupta claimed the estimated cost of Barapullah Nallah
elevated road was increased from Rs 352 crore to Rs 433 crore
by Delhi government without any proper reasoning.

"Similarly, the project cost of Ring Road bypass was
also increased from Rs 172 crore to 214 crore. The state
exchequer suffered a loss of Rs 42 crore in the project," he
alleged.

Gupta claimed although labourers stayed within the
vicinity of the project site, the government claimed to have
spent nearly Rs four crore in transportation of labourers and
machines.

The BJP leader alleged that consultants for various
projects were appointed without following proper procedures.
"There should be a thorough probe into appointment of
consultants as some of them were close to top people in the
government," he alleged.

PTI

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