• BJP MLAs, corporators to hold protest March demanding dismissal of Chief Minister
• BJP will not rest till the corrupt CM is sacked : Goel
New Delhi, September 2: Forced by Delhi chief minister’s reluctance to demit the office despite a Delhi Court ordering registration
of an FIR in a case involving misuse of public money, the Delhi BJP will hold a protest march on Tuesday from Delhi Vidhan Sabha
to Raj Niwas demanding her sacking.
The party had held a massive protest rally at her residence on Sunday on the same issue.
All the BJP MLAs and Municipal Corporators will join the protest march which will be led by Delhi BJP State President Shri Vijay
Goel and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra. Former BJP State President Shri Vijender Gupta,
whose complaint against Dikshit led to the lodging of the FIR, will also be present on the occasion.
In a joint statement issued today by Shri Goel and Prof. Malhotra, it was revealed that the protest march will begin at 11 a.m from
Delhi Vidhan Sabha and culminate at Raj Niwas where a delegation of BJP leaders comprising legislators and corporators will meet
the Lieutenant Governor Shri Najeeb Jung and give him a memorandum requesting Chief Minister’s immediate dismissal.
“An unprecedented constitutional and moral crisis is looming over the Capital of the country as even after a Delhi Court has issued
an order to register an FIR against the Chief Minister in a corruption case, she is refusing to step down. We have no option but to
take to streets demanding her dismissal.
The BJP would hold a protest march tomorrow and implore LG to sack the corrupt CM and give relief to the people of Delhi from
her dictatorial ways,” said Shri Goel.
“The CM is also guilty of not allowing the BJP ruled municipal corporations to work. She is not allowing funds to be released in
time despite repeated pleas from the MCDs. This is gross misuse of her position,” he added.
The present predicament for Chief Minister arose after Shri Gupta filed a complaint with Delhi Lokayukta for misuse of public funds
by the Chief Minister in run-up to 2008 Assembly elections. The Lokayukta had indicted her in this case and found her guilty of
spending around Rs. 22.6 crore of public money for her party’s political campaign. A Delhi Court has now ordered an FIR to be filed
against the Chief Minister in the case with instructions for the police to carry out a thorough investigation.
This is not an isolated case of corruption against the CM or her cabinet colleagues. Even in the past, there have been some other
cases in which the Lokayukta has clearly indicted the CM and her cabinet colleagues but it is unfortunate that neither the President
of India nor the Lieutenant Governor took any action on them.
In May 2013, the Lokayukta had recommended to President to issue an "advisory" to the Chief Minister and the PWD Minister
asking them to desist from publication of their photographs on a form offering loan at low rates to entrepreneurs from SC, ST, OBC
and minority communities. But no action was taken on this recommendation.
The Chief Minister misrepresented facts about construction of 60,000 flats under ‘Rajiv Ratan Awas’ housing scheme back in the
election year of 2008. Back then, her Government published several booklets and advertisements claiming that 60,000 flats were
ready to be handed over for possession to the poor and slum dwellers. There were no flats which were ready. The Lokayukta had
censured the Chief Minister for this but no action was taken on his report.
In Februray 2011, the Lokayukta of Delhi, in an unprecedented order recommended the removal of a senior minister in the Sheila
Dikshit cabinet for trying to thwart a tax evasion probe against the owner of a well-known banquet hall.
Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin indicted PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for "grave misconduct by a public functionary" for
trying to influence Jalaj Shrivastava, commissioner of trade and taxes, during a VAT probe against Tivoli Garden and Resorts in
south Delhi for allegedly evading taxes and concealing income. Sarin also recommended Chauhan`s prosecution under sections of
the Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004. Even in this case nothing happened.
Even the Shunglu Committee that was constituted by the Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh to look into the corruption
allegations in the Commonwealth Games -2010 clearly named the Chief Minister for causing losses to the exchequer, yet she
continues in the office till date.