Saturday, 8 June 2013

Goel launches offensive on Sheila Dikshit’s allegations, says CM’s actions defamed Delhi

  • No “magic wand” is required to bring down power tariff, it can be done by “honesty wand”: Goel
  • BJP ready to share “Power tariff reduction” formula, if CM expresses commitment to implement it
New Delhi, June 8: Refuting the misleading statements allegations of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over corruption issue and BJP’s commitment to reduce power tariffs, the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Shri Vijay Goel today launched an offensive asking the CM, “The BJP is ready to share its power tariff reduction formula with you, but is your government ready to implement it?” 

He also asked, “Why the CM has never called an all party meeting over crucial issues like power, water and law and order situation.” Countering CM’s allegation that charges against her would defame Delhi, Shri Goel said, “It is not opposition that has defamed anyone but Delhi has been defamed by the poor law and order situation resulting in it bearing the tag of ‘rape capital’ and indictment of CM and her government by constitutional bodies and various probe committees that found her and her government guilty of corruption.”

The CM has been charged of corruption by the constitutional bodies like CAG and Lokayukta and the Shunglu Committee that found her guilty of corruption during Commonwealth Games was set up by the Prime Minister’s Office when her own party’s government is at the Centre. Meanwhile the city is reeling under the onslaught of crimes against women and the CM is content with merely shifting blame on others for the same! This is a sad state of affairs for the Capital of the country and yet the Chief Minister has the audacity to blame others.

Shri Goel reiterated that the BJP is committed to bring down power tariff by 30 per cent when it comes to power and make city safer for especially women. The Delhi BJP has already set up an expert group which is ready with a specific 10 point formula for reducing existing power tariff by at least 30 per cent. The party has also set up another expert group which is working on a blueprint to ensure safety for citizens especially for women in the city. These plans will be implemented with immediate effect when BJP comes to power in Delhi.

Responding to the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s unfounded allegations yesterday at a public function Shri Vijay Goel said, “The BJP is not keen to take political advantage of the situation as higher power tariffs are hurting Delhi citizens across the board. If Delhi government shows commitment to reduce power tariffs, the BJP will be happy to help out the government by sharing its plan on the basis of which we have made this promise.”

Sharing some of the points from its plan for reducing power tariff by 30 per cent Shri Goel said, “The first step would be to get more players in power distribution. This would not allow the existing companies to run as monopolies and dictate their own terms. As it happened in the case of telecom, more players in power sector in every circle would lead to reduction in power tariffs with greater competition. The second step in this direction should be getting a CAG audit done that would help us to get the money stashed away in DISCOMS’ coffers under the guile of “artificial losses.”

“Why the CM has not taken above two steps? I am sure to bring down power tariff what is required is not a “magic wand” but an “honesty wand” and that seems to be missing in CM Sheila Dikshit’s case,” said Shri Goel. He reminded that when Congress government had brought these private DISCOMS, they had promised 24X 7 power supply at affordable rates. Both the claims have fallen flat on their faces betraying the trust of common citizens who feel robbed by the nexus of Congress government, DISCOMS and DERC,” he added.

The Delhi citizens will neither forget nor forgive this sordid tale of corruption and anti-people policies executed by the Congress government led by CM Sheila Dikshit. The common people are all set to give Congress a befitting reply , Shri Goel said.

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