Tuesday, 3 September 2013

"Conspiracy of silence" to scuttle Court orders for registering FIR against CM: Goel

·         BJP legislators, corporates hold protest march,submits memorandum to LG doe CM's dismissal
·         "Conspiracy of silence" to scuttle Court orders for registering FIR against CM: Goel
 Demanding immediate sacking of the Delhi Chief Minister over a Delhi Court's order to register of an FIR against her in a case of corruption involving misuse of public money for political propaganda, the Delhi BJP today held a protest march from Vidhan Sabha to Raj Niwas in Delhi

The party leaders also demanded that the ongoing advertising campaign involving misuse of public money of more than Rs 300 crore must be stopped immediately.

BJP Delhi Protest
Delhi BJP State President Shri Vijay Goel and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vidhan Sabha Shri Vijay Kumar Malhotra led the protest march, which was joined by all the BJP MLAs and Municipal Corporators. Former Delhi BJP President Shri Vijender Gupta, whose complaint against the Chief Minister led to the lodging of the FIR, also participated in the protest march.

Among others, former mayor Aarti Mehra, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, former Delhi BJP President Dr, Harshavardhan, Mayors, leaders of house and chairpersons of standing committees in MCDs participated in the march.
BJP Delhi Protest

A delegation of the Delhi BJP comprising the MLAs and the Corporators submitted a memorandum to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Najeeb Jung apprising him of the spate of corruption under the present Government of NCT of Delhi. The delegation demanded immediate removal of the Chief Minister as she has lost not only any moral authority to continue in the office but also the faith of the common people in Delhi.
BJP Delhi Protest

Speaking after the meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel said, “There seems to be conspiracy of silence as even four days after the Court's order neither the police nor we have been able to get copy of the Court order. There are attempts to shield the corrupt chief minister."

"The continuance of the Chief Minister under present circumstances is against the ethos of the Constitutional democracy. The people have lost faith in the Congress government completely. The Chief Minister’s refusal to demit the office on her own is nothing but a fraud on the Constitution,” he added.
“The Chief Minister’s defiance of public opinion and deliberate demeaning of the directives of the Lokayukta and subsequently of the judiciary have led to a Constitutional crisis, which calls for the sacking of the Chief Minister,” added Shri Goel.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Shri Vijay Kumar Malhotra said, “The Congress government is a habitual offender in misusing the public money. An FIR has been lodged against the Chief Minister for misusing public money but the Government continues to use state fund for political campaign. Like 2008-campaign, the Congress government is misusing the public money for advertising campaign and has already spent Rs 300 crore. This Chief Minister has no right to remain in the office.”

The Chief Minister was found misusing state fund for political campaign in the run-up to 2008 Assembly elections after former Delhi BJP President Shri Vijender Gupta filed a complaint with Delhi Lokayukta in this connection. The Lokayukta 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.

But, this is not an isolated case of corruption against the Chief Minister or her cabinet colleagues. In May 2013, the Lokayukta had severely indicted the Chief Minister and the PWD Minister for the publication of their photographs on a form offering loan at low rates to entrepreneurs from SC, ST, OBC and minority communities.
 The Shunglu Committee probing the CWG scam named the Chief Minister for causing losses to the exchequer, yet she continues in the office till date.
BJP Delhi Protest

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. The Lokayukta also recommended the Minister’s prosecution under sections of the Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004.

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 claimed by publishing several booklets and advertisements that 60,000 flats were ready to be handed over for possession to the poor and slum dwellers. Whereas, the fact was that there were no flats which were ready. The Lokayukta had censured the Chief Minister for this but no action was taken on his report.

 Under the weight of such monumental record of corruption, the Chief Minister must be removed from the office so that erosion of credibility of Constitutional rule of law could be checked and people’s faith restored.

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