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AAP govt starved MCDs of funds: Rajnath

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Home Minister today hit out at the Kejriwal government, accusing it of "hampering" the functioning of MCDs, starving them by not providing their due funds amounting to Rs 9,000 crore.

The senior leader campaigning for party candidates in northwest Delhi's Kirari area said that the does not have the "moral right" to level allegations against the three municipal corporations.

Singh said the and the AAP, which have ruled for 15 years and two-and-a-half years respectively, have "muddied and people know the lotus (the BJP's poll symbol) blooms only in mud".

"The and the say that the has ruled municipal corporations for 10 years and did not work. How would the BJP-ruled MCD work when the did not provide funds to the civic bodies.

"Our MCD leaders repeatedly requested the to release funds, but it (Kejriwal government) did not give it," the senior leader said.

He said that the Commission had recommended Rs 9,000 crore for the MCD, but the only released Rs 2,800 crore, adding that "in this situation, how would MCD work? They (AAP) do not have moral right to point fingers at us."

Seeking to corner the over its poll promises in the run up to the 2015 Assembly elections, Singh said, "The does not do politics by misleading people. Unlike the and the AAP, there is no difference between deeds and words of the "

"Both parties have lost people's faith, but the will definitely win people's faith this time," he said.

He said that the had promised to provide free Wi-Fi, but there is nothing on this so far.

"They had also promised to provide potable water to every household in They used to say that they would construct 1,000 mohalla clinics, but only 100 such clinics have been set up so far," he said.

"They (the and the Congress) are doing politics over garbage, but we assure that once the is voted to power in the MCD, we will ensure door-to-door collection of garbage through which we will generate electricity in Delhi," Singh said.

Elections to all three municipal corporations will be held on April 23 and the counting will take place on April 26.

He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre has constructed toilets in many villages under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

"We will also ensure the same in so that people in backward areas will not defecate in the open. The also criticised demonetisation move of the Centre, but people across the country welcomed this," Singh said.

Referring to the regime under former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said that the party-led had constructed wide roads across the country.

"Our soldiers did surgical strikes on militant launch pads along the LoC in Pakistan. Indian has emerged as a strong country in the entire world under the leadership of Prime Minister Narenda Modi," he said.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 22:02 IST