Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal today demanded fresh polls to the BJP-ruled civic bodies, alleging total failure in their management as several areas in the city reeled under stench of uncollected garbage due to the strike by sanitation workers.
Coming down hard on the three municipal bodies, the Deputy Chief Minister alleged that striking sanitation workers were “instigated” to throw garbage in front of his residence and office.
Alleging financial bunglings and mismanagement, Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia launched a two-pronged attack on the three municipal corporations as workers’ strike entered the second day leading to garbage pile up in areas across the city.
“Management of an organization, which can’t pay salaries to employees, doesn’t have right to continue. MCD should be dissolved. Hold fresh elections,” Kejriwal, who is on a 10-day-long medical leave at Bengaluru, tweeted.
Addressing a press conference here, Sisodia slammed the office bearers of the civic bodies for engaging in “garbage” politics, claiming sanitation workers had been “instigated” to throw garbage in front of his official quarters.
“We paid them funds before time without even adjusting the loans amounting to around Rs 6,000 crore extended by us. Despite this the workers were being instigated to throw garbage in front of our houses and offices,” Sisodia told reporters.
Sisodia reiterated ruling AAP’s claim that Delhi government released the entire fund under the non-plan head to MCDs and “yet their employees are not being paid their salaries”.
The three corporations have themselves admitted having received Rs 892.92 crore for North MCD, Rs 465.53 crore for East MCD and Rs 668 crore for South MCD, under the non-planned head for the current financial year, which will come to an end on March 31, the government said.
“It is clear that 90 per cent of the non-planned allocation is for payment of salaries, then the basic question is why the MCD employees have not been paid their salaries?”