AAP refusing funds to benefit in civic polls: BJP, Delhi Civic poll, Delhi local body election, MCD election 2017

AAP refusing funds to benefit in civic polls: BJP

AAP refusing funds to benefit in civic polls: BJP

NEW DELHI: With the municipal polls slated for 2017, the BJP councillors have hit out at the AAP government over CM Arvind Kejriwal's remark that his party can run the corporations if BJP is unable to. They accuse him of wanting to ensure that the civic agencies go bankrupt so that no work is carried out ahead of the elections.

Leaders of the House of all three corporations criticized Kejriwal, saying he seems to be unaware that the municipal authorities are responsible for providing various civic amenities for which they receive grants and funds from the state government and the Centre.

"Delhi was being run in a proper manner but it is now being projected by the CM as a loss-making institution. They are making lame excuses by putting blame either on Haryana government or on the Union government," leader of the House, North Corporation, Meera Aggarwal, said.

The deliberative wings of the three corporations are convinced that AAP wants to bring the corporations under its administration by discontinuing the legitimate funds and grants that they are entitled to receive under various heads. They believe that the Delhi government does not want to implement recommendations of the finance commissions.

"According to recommendations of the third finance commission, corporations should have received 5.5% global share of taxes collected, which was reduced to 4%. Recommendations of the fourth finance commission, which advocate global share for local bodies to be 12.5% and full reimbursement for expenditure on education, are yet to be placed in the assembly. These recommendations are in the spirit of the 74th Amendment Act to make the local bodies financially independent," Aggarwal said.

BJP councillors said that AAP does not want these recommendations to be implemented for political reasons. "As elections are due in 2017, they want to tarnish our image," north Delhi mayor Yogender Chandolia said.

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