Durgesh Pathak advises him to stop behaving like BJP karyakarta
New Delhi, July 7 (Delhi Crown): Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena for allegedly calling the Delhiites “thieves”.
The party said that it was a very “irresponsible” statement from the L-G, and that he should apologise to the Delhiites.
Addressing media persons at his party office this afternoon, AAP spokesman and newly-elected MLA Durgesh Pathak referred to the L-G’s tweet made on Wednesday (July 6) in which the latter made an appeal to the residents to pay taxes/dues “honestly”.
Yesterday L-G Saxena had tweeted – “MCD services 94% of Delhi. Past financial mismanagement & non-payment of any property tax by 75% residents has made it go in RED. It’s time we-one of richest cities in India, pay our dues to MCD honestly. Your suggestions & participation will help achieve this.”
Pathak said that the Delhi unit of the BJP was actually responsible for the pathetic condition of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) which was ruled by it (BJP) for the past 15 years, three terms in a row.
Attacking L-G Saxena for accusing the Delhiites over “non-payment of property tax”, Pathak suggested to him – “Stop behaving like a BJP karyakarta. The BJP leaders abuse the Delhiites day and night. You have also started doing this…?”
This was the first time when any AAP leader lambasted Vinai Kumar Saxena, who took over as Delhi L-G less than one-and-a-half months ago. Only two days ago, senior AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had praised L-G Saxena inside the Delhi Assembly, saying – “He is a very nice person. None of us has ever pointed fingers at him. It is the BJP-led Central Government which has been putting hurdles in the functioning of the Delhi Government.”
Posing a question to L-G Saxena, Pathak said that if the Delhiites were not paying their taxes honestly “how could Delhi’s Budget go up from Rs 25,000 crore in 2015 to around Rs 70,000 crore now.”
“It could be made possible only because the Delhiites paid their taxes/dues on time, as they are honest. The Delhi government never took any loan(s) from the World Bank or from the Central Government or any other state,” added Pathak.