In the midst of a verbal exchange between the BJP and AAP over funding of projects for the G20 Summit, Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj stated on Monday that the Constitution does not grant LG V K Saxena “power to sanction money” for projects in the national capital.
In response to Bharadwaj’s comments, Saxena stated that if anyone wanted to claim credit for the work he had done, they might, adding that if that were the case, it indicated that the Centre was doing a good job.
On Sunday, the BJP claimed that the Centre had supported Delhi’s transformation for the G20 Summit and accused the capital’s current ruling AAP administration of trying to take credit for it.
In response, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) expressed dismay that the “BJP had to pass the developmental work done by the city government as its own”.
Bharadwaj stated on Monday that all work carried out by the PWD and MCD was funded by tax dollars. PWD received nothing from the Center—not even a dime.
After seeing the renowned Town Hall from the British era and Ghalib ki Haveli in the Walled City, Bharadwaj made this statement when reporters questioned him about the BJP’s claims.
89 roads have been beautified by PWD, according to the minister, who shared a list of the projects. The work comprised cleaning, tree planting, and resurfacing the roads.
“It is taxpayer money, and by that I mean it belongs to the Delhi government. Neither the LG nor the Centre have donated any money. Some individuals believe that the money belongs to LG, Bharadwaj claimed.
He quoted the Constitution, saying, “Show me any article of the Constitution or lawbook that gives LG power to sanction even a single penny.”
“The PWD engineer may approve 20 lakh because he is accountable to the department, which is accountable to the minister, who is accountable to the Vidhan Sabha, which is accountable to the people. LG Sahab is not accountable. The Constitution does not grant him any authority. He shouldn’t become upset with us. He could examine our roads. Our highways can be inspected by the prime minister and the home minister. We don’t object,” the minister stated.
According to Bharadwaj, the Centre was “belittling itself” by bringing up financing.
Later that day, at a DDA function, LG Saxena responded to Bharadwaj’s comments.
“I don’t want to talk about it much. However, I merely wanted to express that we will keep working. Anyone can claim credit for it if they wish to. I am content with the fact that if I am working on something and someone wants to claim credit for it, it implies that we are succeeding, he said in a PTI Video interview.
The LG office and AAP dispensation have argued over the topic of taking credit for initiatives even in the past.
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