New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Firing a fresh salvo at North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal, the AAP today sought her dismissal from the post, claiming it has a “clinching evidence” against her involvement in alleged irregularities in tendering process in the civic body.
The mayor, refuted all charges made by AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey and accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party of targeting her to divert attention when there are corruption allegations against Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
“No name is as big a synonym of scam, as the BJP, in the country… In a letter written by a senior officer to the commissioner, he had asked for an FIR to be registered against the NDMC mayor for interfering in the evaluation of technical bidding to help a company,” Pandey alleged, as he waved the letter purportedly written by the officer, at a press conference held at the party office here.
The senior AAP leader also reiterated its demand to “initiate a CBI inquiry against Agarwal”.
“The time for giving her resignation is over, now she should be dismissed by the BJP. We have this clinching evidence and her dismissal is the only way for the BJP to save its face,” Pandey told reporters.
“Is it (letter) not sufficient enough for the BJP to dismiss her and initiate a CBI inquiry. BJP should take cognisance and initiate the inquiry, so that the truth comes our,” he said.
Pandey also read out portions of the letter, in which the senior officer has alleged that the mayor entered his room while the tender was in the middle of evaluation process, and later some of the employees of that company (one of the bidders) had entered the room of the mayor.
“The intervention in the evaluation process of tender was improper, illegal, irregular and unjustified,” he said, quoting from the letter.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has been ruled by the BJP since its inception in 2012.
The mayor also held a press meet at the Delhi BJP headquarters here, hours after Pandey’s conference, rubbishing the allegations.
Agarwal claimed, “She never indulged in any corruption and neither will allow anyone else in the NDMC to do so”.
On the allegation of entering the room of the senior officer late last year, she claimed, “There was some sanitation activity that day at the Civic Centre, and there were a large number of people amassed around me, even some mediapersons were also there.” “Was there a red-light bulb glowing on top of the room, which said the entry was restricted or did I broke into the room. The allegation of interference is all false and baseless,” she said.
A visibly upset Agarwal, also claimed that “posters bearing her image had been put up in various public places by the AAP.” “How can someone use my picture without taking my permission. We will initiate defamation case against it (AAP),” she said.
Pandey also alleged that certain officials in the NDMC’s advertising department were “transferred during the tenure of the previous mayor, which were brought back by her, after she became the mayor,” Agarwal denied the allegation.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.