Disapproving of her Bihar counterpart’s remarks that the city will come to a halt if Biharis stop working, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday wondered why such statements were being made as people from across the country live here.

Ms. Dikshit said the national capital is a metropolitan city and it “belongs to everyone” as people from different parts of the country come and stay here.

“Delhi is a metropolitan city. Here people from Jammu and Kashmir to Kerala to Tamil Nadu to Bihar to Uttar Pradesh to Haryana live here. The city belongs to everyone. I don’t know why such statements are being made when people are not going (out of the city),” she told reporters in New Delhi.

She was responding to a question on Mr. Kumar’s statement at a function here yesterday that Delhi would come to a halt if Biharis stop working for a day.

Asked whether the Bihar Chief Minister’s statement was aimed at consolidating the vote bank of JD(U) ahead of the MCD elections, she refused to comment.

On Delhi government slapping two show-cause notices on an NGO run by Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta’s wife, the Chief Minister initially said she was unaware of the development.

When pointed out that the Industry Department has issued the notices, she said the department concerned will follow up on it.

The notices were served to NGO, Sampurna, for failing to provide the annual list of governing body members since its inception in 2000, which the government says was a violation of provisions of the Society Registration Act.

On reports that the Central Vigilance Commission has approached the police for investigating irregularities in the allotment of dairy plots at Ghogha Dairy Colony, Ms. Dikshit said she would not be able to comment on the issue.

She also said there were no differences within the Congress on allotment of tickets for the upcoming elections to Municipal Corporations of Delhi.

“We are together in this. We have asked the opinion of MLAs and MPs too as they know the landscape of the city and the areas concerned. There is no problem,” she said.