New Delhi, March 11 (Delhi Crown): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday urged Delhi Election Commissioner S.K. Srivastava to come out in the open and tell the public what “pressure” was used by the BJP-led Central Government in forcing him to postpone the announcement of MCD polls schedule on Wednesday.
The Delhi CM alleged that either the “fear” of ED, the CBI or some other central agency was used in coercing Srivastava to call off the press conference scheduled for 5:00 p.m. or he has been “promised some good appointment” after his retirement in April.
“Please come out openly and tell the public under which pressure you decided to call of the press conference on Wednesday whereby you were supposed to announce the MCD election schedule. Bowing down to the Central Government’s pressure is not good for democracy,” said Kejriwal in a TV message.
He further said that this had happened for the first time in the political history of the country when the Central Government wrote a letter directly to a state’s election commissioner telling him to postpone the polls.
If at all the BJP wanted to unify the three local bodies in Delhi “why it didn’t do it the past 8 years since it has been in power,” asked the Delhi CM.
He further alleged that the unification of the three MCDs was just an “excuse’ to postpone the MCD polls because, he added, “BJP is well aware that it will be routed in the polls and AAP will sweep all the three MCDs.”
“The fact that the Delhi Election Commission bowed down to the pressure of the Central Government is not good for democracy,” said Kejriwal.