Why is BJP upset over approval to CCTV project, questions CM

Why is BJP upset over approval to CCTV project, questions CM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday slammed the BJP for not supporting the Delhi government over the decision to install of CCTV cameras across the city.

In a series of tweets in Hindi, the Chief Minister claimed that BJP was very unhappy with the CCTV decision and questioned the party's legislators who he said were upset with the Delhi Cabinet granting approval the proposal of CCTV in the Assembly on Friday.

Meanwhile, AAP national spokesperson Atishi Marlena, addressing a press conference, said that the BJP and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal are using sections of bureaucracy to take revenge from the people of Delhi.

"Whenever AAP steps forward to make Delhi crime-free by installing cameras all around so that strict actions can be taken based on the evidence, the BJP gives its best efforts to cause a disturbance in the work of public interest," she said.

She added that the central government-appointed Chief Secretary had stated that the proposal to install CCTV camera is hurried, and the Centre must secure the women of Delhi instead of deploying the officials and BJP leaders.

Echoing Marlena's sentiments, AAP MLA Alka Lamba said that safety and security is the primary demand of residents of the national Capital.

She further said that had the cameras would been installed earlier, the incident of a six-year-old girl being raped inside an NDMC school would not have occurred and strict action would have been taken against the accused immediately.

"Full statehood of the Capital is necessary so that decisions can be taken in favour of the public, and not in the favour of corruption. Despite the approval of Supreme Court on the camera installation, BJP is not ready to accept a decision taken for the betterment of the society," Lamba added.

Conversely, Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee said the six-year-old schoolgirl's rape near Connaught Place points fingers at the irresponsibility of the Delhi government as there were no CCTV cameras in the school and the incident happened in the Chief Minister's constituency.

Mukherjee said it was shocking to learn that the school authorities tried to hush up the case instead of booking the culprit.

Sayantan Ghosh

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