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Delhi government constructed toilets in schools, counted them as classrooms: BJP slams AAP

Delhi government constructed toilets in schools, counted them as classrooms: BJP slams AAP

Delhi government constructed toilets in schools, counted
Image Source : PTI/INDIA TV Delhi government constructed toilets in schools, counted them as classrooms: BJP slams AAP

BJP vs AAP: The BJP on Friday said the vigilance directorate’s report on “irregularities” in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools shows Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is only “worried about black money flowing to him and not about children’s education”.

At a press conference, the BJP’s national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia cited the vigilance directorate’s report on the matter and demanded that Kejriwal either dismiss his corrupt ministers or tender resignation. 

‘Corrupt’ Kejriwal colluded with the private company: BJP

He alleged “corrupt Gabbar” Kejriwal colluded with the private company “Babbar and Babbar Associates” to construct classrooms without floating a tender, violating the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Public Works Department (PWD).

The Delhi government increased the scope of construction work in schools without floating any tender. They constructed toilets in schools and counted them as classrooms, Bhatia alleged.

“He (Kejriwal) is not worried about the future of the children. He only worries about one thing — black money that is flowing to him,” he alleged. “People have come to know that you do not have a spine and that you won’t dismiss corrupt ministers. Either you give an explanation or tender a resignation. You cannot escape,” Bhatia said. 

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The BJP leader claimed the report shows that the private firm decided the terms and conditions for the construction of classrooms in collusion with the government.

“You did not dismiss the corrupt minister who is in jail. The vigilance report has exposed the corruption in the education department too. The Directorate of Vigilance is part of the Delhi government. Can your weak shoulders lift this burden? Can you dismiss the corrupt minister?” Bhatia said.

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CVC report seeking comments from the Delhi government was ignored: BJP

The CVC report seeking comments from the Delhi government kept lying for two-and-a-half years. Only after L G VK Saxena intervened, it was submitted to the chief secretary, he said.

“Kejriwal Ji, why did you not act on the report? Is it because your minister looted public money on your direction? Why did you not float a tender if the number of classrooms had to be increased? How can the representative of the private firm be so close to you that he is taking calls on construction work sitting in the room of the minister?” the BJP leader posed. 

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The vigilance directorate has recommended a probe by a “specialised agency” into alleged irregularities in the construction of classrooms for Delhi government schools, claiming it involved a “scam of Rs 1,300 crore”, official sources said on Friday. 

A report of the Delhi government’s vigilance directorate recommending the probe has been submitted to the chief secretary, they said. 

The CVC  highlighted ‘glaring irregularities’ in the construction of schools

The CVC, in a report dated February 17, 2020, highlighted “glaring irregularities” in the construction of over 2,400 classrooms in Delhi government schools by the PWD.

It had sent the report to the Delhi government’s vigilance directorate seeking its comments on the matter in February 2020.

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