New Delhi, May 14: Responding to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s allegations that L-G Anil Baijal has been delaying the AAP government’s CCTV project, the Lieutenant Governor on Sunday wrote to the Delhi CM saying that it was “unfortunate” that public being misled “repeatedly and deliberately”. He added that this is being done to distract from the core issues of women safety.
L-G Anil Baijal, in his letter, said that “misleading” information being spread by the AAP dispensation seems to be an attempt to “sidetrack” the core issue of women’s safety.
“It is unfortunate that repeatedly and deliberately, the general public and the media are being misled that office of L-G is delaying the installation of CCTV cameras. This is far from truth,” a statement from the L-G office said in a statement quoting Baijal’s letter.
Baijal also asserted that no such proposal has been received by his office. He added that any work relating to CCTV installations has been pending with the AAP government and no directions have been issued by this office to stall the award of work for CCTV tender.
After Baijal formed a committee to come up with a standard operating procedure for the installation, operation and monitoring of closed-circuit television cameras, Kejriwal alleged that the only aim of setting up the panel was to interrupt government work and not let the CCTV cameras be installed.
“Uncontrolled and unregulated mushrooming of CCTVs does not lead to any effective outcome for security and law enforcement and it may encroach upon the privacy of individuals,” Baijal said.
On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that Arvind Kejriwal and all AAP MLAs will walk from his residence to the L-G House on Monday seeking nod for CCTVs cameras to be installed in the city.
In March, Arvind Kejriwal made a scathing attack on Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal for not clearing doorstep delivery of ration scheme in the Assembly. Kejriwal vowed to take the matter to the ‘people’s court’from next week and said citizens will teach him a lesson.
“I am going to Delhi’s slums starting next week. All my MLAs will go as well. We are going to tell people that BJP has stopped the proposal (doorstep delivery of ration) using the L-G… there are around 70 lakh PDS beneficiaries in Delhi. We will see who votes for you. People will teach you a lesson,” the Chief Minister reportedly said.
With agency inputs