With the Congress-led UPA Government mooting a proposal to rename the Public Distribution System as ‘Indiramma Anna Yojana’, the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the government of seeking “political mileage from national resources”.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said no new announcements regarding renaming of schemes after a particular political leader can be made right now. “Yet the Congress leaders are attempting to violate these norms. The Election Commission should take note of this and take strict action against the Union Food Minister for going public with such comments,” he said, adding that Union Food Minister K.V. Thomas recently said on record that there is a proposal to rename the existing system.
Stating that this was not a standalone case, he said: “We are concerned that the Election Commission seems to be quite soft on poll guideline violations by the Congress. We demand strict and immediate action in such instances.”
Recently, the Delhi unit of the party had pointed out that BSES bills in the Capital were coming printed with photographs of Delhi Chief Minister and Power Minister.
“After that the BSES, in which the Delhi Government has 49 per cent stake, accepted this was violation of poll guidelines. Yet it has been let off the hook with no action taken against anyone. The Election Commission should penalise all those who were involved in violation of these norms by BSES. There is no action visible on the ground,” he said.
Referring to the bi-weekly press conferences held at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence, Mr. Goel said even the Chief Minister’s official residence is being used for political press conferences.