TAMIL NADU

'CM misleading people'

NEW DELHI, JAN. 31. The Lok Janshakti Party vice-president, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, today accused the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, of misleading the people of Delhi, the Centre and her own partymen on the issue of conduct of MCD polls and charged her with feeding wrong information to the electorate.

Mr. Bidhuri demanded that the Chief Minister reveal the deal she stuck with the Union Home Minister, L.K.Advani, when she met him along with her Ministerial colleagues on Monday. There was hardly any exchange between the Mr. Advani and Ms. Dikshit during the five-minute encounter. He suspected the Chief Minister had a big role in delaying polls and had worked out some deal with the Centre, keeping everybody else in the dark.

Mr. Bidhuri said it was strange that while Ms. Dikshit had protested against elections in March, her Elections Minister, Deep Chand Bandhu, had announced the intention of the Delhi Government to hold polls on March 24. He claimed that even the Standing Counsel of the Delhi Government and the State Election Commissioner had stated before the High Court that polls would be held in March. He said the Chief Minister was playing politics due to the sharp differences she had been DPCC president, Subhash Chopra.

Stating the Sheila Dikshit Government had been indulging in double standards, Mr. Bidhuri said in case of re-location of industries, it was the Congress Government which gave the list of 40 category of industries that should be closed. The DPCC, which had launched the Nyaya Yudh against closure of industries, suddenly gave up its agitation and Mr. Chopra could not face the people for months.

Similarly, on regularisation of unauthorised colonies, the Chief Minister had conveyed to the Centre the consent of her government, through the then Secretary, Urban Development, Suman Swaroop, for imposing harsh penalties for regularisation. It was only after her partymen protested that Ms.Dikshit was forced to change her stand and blamed the Centre for whole mess instead.

In case of the Master Plan, he claimed the Chief Minister had attended a number of meetings and seminars. Her officials and the former Development Minister were part of the whole process. But when the rural Delhi MLAs protested, she changed track and said she was not consulted by the Centre and lodged a simple protest. If the matter is so important, then why has the Chief Minister not taken it up in a big way within the party or with the Centre, he asked.

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