MCD Mayors protest outside CM’s house
Making a scathing attack over non-payment of fund, all three Mayors of the BJP-run Municipal Corporations and its councillors launched a massive protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in the Civil Lines area on Monday. Sanitation workers also joined the agitation. “We told the CM to come out of his house to highlight the plight of the sanitation staff and to discuss the issue but he refused to do so. We have never been treated so badly previously. I don’t think he works for the aam aadmi (common man),” said Subhash Arya, Mayor of South MCD. The officials of the Delhi government, however, termed the protest a political gimmick.
The four demands put forward by the Mayors including immediate release of Municipal reform funds and the implementation of the fourth finance commission’s recommendation.
“The Delhi government owes us (three Corporations) around Rs 1,322 crore as Municipal reforms which was allocated to us in the government’s budget. The various departments of the government owe us around Rs 600 crore in property tax payment. Further, around Rs 1,179 crore in global share funds has also been delayed by the Delhi government,” said Harsh Malhotra, mayor, East Delhi.