Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Public Interest Litigation Watch Group, a non-government organisation, has asked the Election Commission to take action against the Sheila Dikshit Government and the UPA Government at the Centre for trying to take up three projects worth Rs.1,700 crore during election time without signing any formal agreement with the ministries concerned.

In a memorandum submitted to the Commission, Watch Group secretary Paramjit Singh said if the projects – restoration of Connaught Place, purchase of public transport buses and construction of houses for economically weaker sections of society – were allowed to take off during the polls, “undue advantage will accrue to the principal political party in power at the Centre as the voters will get swayed by largesse”.

The funds for the projects were ostensibly being released under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, a flagship programme of the UPA Government. However, for release of funds there had to be a valid, complete and legal agreement between the Union Urban Development Ministry or the Union Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation and the Delhi Government and others.