Though the Assembly polls in Delhi are months away, the political temperature has already started shooting up with the both AAP and BJP slamming each other of the varsity of issues. Latest to the tally is the allegations leveled by BJP against AAP of indulging in corruption.
It comes after the RTI response which was filed by Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana, that revealed the Delhi Government with the expenditure of Rs 2,892 crore has undertaken the construction of 12,782 classrooms – over 20 Lakh rupees being spent on the construction of one classroom.
The Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that the construction could have been done with maximum spending of around Rs 800 crore.
Slamming the Aam Aadmi Party, Harish Khurana, who is also the media in-charge of the party, said, “The Delhi Government is constructing classrooms of 300 square feet size with the cost of Rs 24.86 lakh’ added saying that this is a clear cut case of corruption.
Addressing a presser over the issue, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Monday slammed AAP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and claimed that there is a scam of Rs 2,000 crore in the construction of classrooms for Delhi Government schools.
He also fired a salvo at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia saying that the Delhi government is misusing taxpayers money. He also asked resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Manoj Tiwari further added that his party will complain to Delhi Lokayukta regarding the ‘alleged’ scam.
BJP MP Tiwari also attacked Kejriwal and Sisodia for alleged nepotism while giving construction contracts. He alleged that most of the people who have been awarded a contract for constructing classrooms are either the relatives of Kejriwal or Sisodia or closed to them.
Further intensifying his attacks on Delhi Government, Tiwari said there is a nexus of corruption between Kejriwal and Sisodia and that has now been exposed’. He added that his party shall demand investigation of this corruption by Lokpal.
‘Manish Sisodia should resign and face this investigation.”
Responding to the allegations Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal dared Tiwari and BJP to get him arrested if there is corruption. Taking to Twitter, Delhi CM said, ‘For the first time, poor children began to study in such good schools. Earlier, only rich children had such schools. Now autos, workers’ children are becoming doctors, engineers, engineers. The BJP does not want that. That is why the BJP has deliberately spoiled schools in its states’.
भाजपा की CBI ने हमारी सारी फ़ाइलें जाँच लीं, कुछ नहीं मिला। घपला हुआ है तो हमें तुरंत गिरफ़्तार करो ना। सारी एजेन्सी तो तुम्हारे पास हैं। ग़रीबों को मिल रही अच्छी शिक्षा क्यों रोकना चाहते हो? (2/2)
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 1, 2019
He added, ‘The BJP’s CBI checked all our files, found nothing. If there is a scam, do arrest us immediately. All the agencies are with you. Why do you want to stop the good education that the poor are getting?’.
While Deputy CM Manish Sisodia dared Tiwari to arrest him if such irregularities exists. ‘I challenge Manoj Tiwari to arrest me if I have committed a scam… Either arrest me till this evening on scam charges or apologize to the people of Delhi. Apologize to the parents of Delhi for which these schools are being built’, tweeted Manish Sisodia.
He challenged Manoj Tiwari in another tweet, Manoj Tiwari ji choose the ten best schools in any STATE ruled by BJP and I tell you the ten best schools of Arvind Kejriwal… Compare and then Debate?
मैं चुनौती देता हूँ @ManojTiwariMP को कि अगर मैंने कोई घोटाला किया है तो मुझे गिरफ़्तार करें…या तो मुझे आज शाम तक घोटाले के आरोप में गिरफ़्तार करें या फिर दिल्ली के लोगों से माफ़ी माँगे। दिल्ली के पेरेंट्स से, दिल्ली के बच्चों से माफ़ी माँगें जिनके लिए ये स्कूल बन रहे हैं.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 1, 2019