New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) The BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of adopting “biased approach” against the saffron party-run civic corporations of the city over the allocation of funds and also invited him for a public debate over the issue.
“Delhi government records tell that expenditure on development has gone down during last two years,” Tiwari told reporters here.
Tiwari also accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the city of intentionally withholding the implementation of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations on revenue share of municipal corporations.
“Kejriwal government presented and accepted the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations in Delhi assembly due to the fear of Delhi High Court’s intervention,” Tiwari said.
“But it has not implemented them so as to deny working opportunities to the civic bodies and thereby defame the BJP leadership there,” the BJP leader claimed.
Tiwari said that the AAP government claims to have given more funds to the Delbhi Municipal Corporations “but the truth is that the funds given are not even half of what they are entitled to as per fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations”.
He also alleged that the civic bodies continue to receive the same amount of funds in the same proportion as they did in 2011, even as their salary bills alone have gone up by almost 150 per cent due to the implementation of Sixth and Seventh Pay Commissions.
“At the time of trifurcation done haphazardly by the Sheila Dixit regime in 2012, the Delhi government was supposed to meet all funding needs of the three municipal corporations but first Sheila Dixit and now Kejriwal has acted with political biasness to delay and deny rightful funds,” Tiwari said.
Tiwari said that non-implementation of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations due to political biasness by the Kejriwal government has crippled the city’s three municipal corporations.