Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan on Saturday accused Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of disregarding the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi on self-governance and insulting the Constitution by seeking to bring the Municipal Corporation of Delhi under the Delhi Government by passing a resolution to the effect in the Assembly. As such, he sought her removal from the post in "public interest''.

Stating that during the past five years the MCD had exploited and harassed people by becoming despotic, corrupt and anti-people, Dr. Vardhan said now when the people had removed the Congress and handed over the reins of the civic body to the BJP, the Chief Minister wanted the MCD to be under the Delhi Government.

If the Congress was concerned about the welfare of the people, it should have tried to fulfil its promise of making Delhi a full-fledged State as it was ruling in both at the Centre and in Delhi, he said. "But that did not happen, and when the BJP passed a resolution in Parliament to make Delhi a full-fledged State the Congress had instead of going with it constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Pranab Mukherjee to consider it," Dr. Vardhan said, adding: "This committee did not submit its report deliberately even by the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.''

Stating that during NDA rule at the Centre Ms. Dikshit used to march up to Parliament with her legislators and MPs demanding that Delhi be made a full-fledged State, Dr. Vardhan said now that the Congress was the ruling party at the Centre she did not feel the need to raise the issue. On the contrary, when an opportunity for greater self-governance had come to the people of Delhi through the MCD elections the Congress wanted to end the autonomy of the MCD.

Worse still, said Dr. Vardhan, at a time when there was an acute problem of power, water, sewer systems and pollution in Delhi, the Chief Minister demanded less funds from the Centre than were needed for the development of Delhi.