Smriti Irani hits out at Arvind Kejriwal, says Delhi government ‘deliberately deprived’ MCD employees of Rs 13,000 crore

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new Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government of depriving the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) employees of Rs 13,000 crore.

His statement came after Kejriwal held a press conference earlier in the day expressing his disappointment over the postponement of municipal elections in the national capital and said doing so “weakens the democratic system”. Taking a dig at Kejriwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said he “chooses to empty the municipal treasury”.

He said, “Today Kejriwal put pressure on (delayed MCD elections in Delhi), I want to ask him…does he know that the municipal corporation had demanded reforms last year? Delhi government deliberately gave MCD employees 13000 crore. Kejriwal chooses to empty the municipal treasury,” Irani said while addressing a press conference in the national capital on Friday.

The Union Minister also said that Kejriwal should deposit Rs 13,000 crore in the bank account of MCD. “They stopped the funds for the sanitation workers, even stopped the flow of funds for the maintenance of the parks in Delhi,” he alleged.

Irani lashed out at Kejriwal over his statement of “AAP ki wave in Delhi” and said, “A leader who got less votes than NOTA in Uttar Pradesh, lost his bail in 55/70 seats in Uttarakhand, claimed AAP wave.”

Kejriwal had earlier in the day accused the BJP of not uniting the three corporations of MCD.

“People are questioning this move. For seven-eight years, BJP is in power at the Centre. If they wanted to unite three MCDs, why didn’t they do it? An hour before the announcement of the date of MCD elections In 2015, they decided to unite them and thus the election was delayed. People are saying that this is just an excuse. The BJP thought it would drown in the AAP wave in Delhi,” the Delhi CM said.

Earlier, State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava said that the Center has deferred the announcement of polling dates for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections after the Center raised certain issues, which are legally scrutinized by the Election Commission. remains to be done.

He also informed that the Center is planning to introduce a bill in the budget session of Parliament to unify the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Srivastava said, “Since the central government has raised some issues which are legally yet to be examined by us, we will not be able to announce the dates for the MCD elections yet. We will take a few more days. We have to go to the polls before May 18,” Srivastava said. Have to do it.” said.

He further said that they were supposed to announce the dates, but now it will take five to seven more days to announce them. (ANI)

First published:March 11, 2022, 6:53 pm

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