New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Saturday leveled charges of callousness at the Lieutenant Governor of the capital.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly, Sisodia said, “Huge corruption is going on in transfer and posting of officers right under Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s nose.”
The senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was responding after leader of Opposition and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Vijender Gupta alleged corruption in the Delhi government.
Gupta alleged that Delhi government officials were accepting bribe and that huge corruption was going on in the AAP government.
To this, Sisodia rebutted that Gupta get such officials arrested by the anti-corruption wing that works under the Central government led by the BJP.
Earlier this week, Sisodia accused the services department, that also comes under the L-G, of trying to ‘hamper’ the functioning of the Delhi government in lieu of protests by the Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS) and the steno cadre.
In a letter Sisodia wrote, “It seems services department is completely insensitive to the plight of employees of government of Delhi and deliberately trying to hamper the functioning of the government by compelling the employees at such a crucial time when the budget session is in the offing and also the financial year closing.”
According to an NDTV report, Sisodia then addressed the protesters and disclosed that services do not fall under the Delhi government’s ambit but he was pained to see how unjust the Centre has been to them.
NDTV report also quoted a government statement by Sisodia in this regard, “Since May 2015, we are fighting to retain the services with the Delhi government. This is not a personal fight, but a fight against the repressive system.”
Following this week’s back-and-forth with the L-G and the BJP, again over mismanagement in running the Delhi government, AAP national convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced his ‘hunger strike’ slated for March 1.
Speaking at the Delhi Assembly, he said, “From March 1, I will begin hunger strike. I am going to fast till we get statehood. I am ready to face death.” Adding that the entire Delhi needs to launch a movement for full statehood, Kejriwal asserted that he won’t stop till the national capital gets full statehood.