BJP flaunts 'CAG report' to slam Govt.

NEW DELHI SEPT. 26. The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president, Madan Lal Khurana, and the South Delhi MP, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, today demanded resignation of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, citing "grave irregularities" pointed out in what they claimed was the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on privatisation of power in Delhi. They warned that in case she does not resign by October 5, the party would launch an agitation to seek her ouster.

Addressing a joint Press conference, the two BJP leaders claimed that whatever the party had stated on the issue of privatisation had been vindicated and the Delhi Government in connivance with the private power companies had looted the people without bothering about the damage caused by this mindless process. They criticised the Sheila Dikshit Government for denouncing the office of CAG, a constitutional body, and casting aspersions on its functioning. "It is unfortunate that the Delhi Government tried to hold back all information from the CAG despite its repeated requests." But both of them were unable to explain how this could be the final CAG report, which is first tabled in Parliament, and that also during the Budget Session.

They said the Congress Government's hollow claims about transparency in the whole affair had been exposed. The entire transfer scheme had not been approved by the Lieutenant-Governor and had been tampered with by the Congress Government, they charged. "By doing so, the Delhi Government had defrauded the public exchequer of crores of rupees and allowed unjust and illegal gains to the private companies."

Mr. Khurana also released a letter of the Accountant General (Audit), Delhi, R.K. Ghosh, in which he has stated that many critical records were not being provided for a comprehensive conduct of audit and for framing of holistic comments. But what Mr. Khurana and Mr. Malhotra did not state was that the letter by Mr. Ghosh clearly stated that it was not a CAG report and only a draft and the comments were being sought only for inclusion in the final CAG report, which would be out only next year. The official concerned has sought comments of the Government on the matter on urgent basis and nowhere it has said these were the final conclusions.

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