A day after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit accused BJP of misleading people on the power tariff issue, the party today hit back saying she "seems to be living in an ivory tower" cut-off from ground realities. Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel termed as "pack of lies" Dikshit's claim in her Independence Day speech that Delhi government was successfully meeting the 6,000 MW power demand
Goel said Dikshit does not have to go back 10-15 years to remind people about the hour long power cuts in the city as the same were being witnessed in the national capital even today, after 15 year of her rule and 200 per cent hike in power tariffs.
"We all know what the power supply scene in Delhi is during the months of May and June. Nothing can be more preposterous than the claims of this government that they have been able to meet 6,000 MW peak power demand. These are utter lies. She seems to be living in an ivory tower cut-off from ground realities
"The only claim that Dikshit can make is that she, in collusion with the power distribution companies has managed to extract huge power bills every month from the people of Delhi," Goel said.
He said even Chief Minister's claim that Delhi has the highest per capita power consumption in the country -- 1,450 units-- is doubtful because the faulty meters installed by the distribution companies show exaggerated consumption.
Reacting to Dikshit's charges that BJP's promise to bring down power tariffs by 30 per cent is politically motivated, Goel said that a formula in this regard has been made public by the party and instead of learning from it and bringing relief to the common man, the CM sees politics in everything.
He said that BJP had gone public with its agenda that would reduce power tariffs in the city by more than 30 per cent.
"Some of these include ending the monopoly of the distribution companies; curtailing unnecessary purchase of power, providing separate neutral to each consumer, control power theft. Where is the politics? If all these are measures are sincerely followed, the tariffs would automatically come down," said Goel.
The BJP leader also criticised Dikshit's claims that city has made unprecedented progress in last 15 years.
Goel said he was surprised by Delhi government's claim about development of the city as it doesn't have land nor responsibility of law and order while civic responsibilities of 93 per cent of city's total area is dealt by BJP ruled municipalities.
"It is not Delhi, but some corrupt government officials in league with some Congressmen who made progress by looting public money through various scams in last so many years. Chief Minister should acknowledge this harsh reality instead of making tall and bogus claims," said Goel.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that criticism of BJP by Dikshit during the Independence day function "is highly objectionable and against the code of conduct".
Her description of her own achievements was also a bundle of lies.
Malhotra said that Dikshit had promised to make Delhi as the best city in the world but the reality was that Delhi has turned down to a major slum of the country.
"More than 70 per cent of the inhabitants of Delhi don't get water, electricity, and sewer line facilities. Remaining 30 per cent people get contaminated water and face choked sewer lines. All major print and electronic mention Delhi as 'crime capital', 'rape capital', 'Mafia's capital.
"Delhi is the capital for water, air, and noise pollution. More than 10 million people are living in hell like condition in unauthorised colonies, JJ colonies, slum bustees and urban villages," he said..
Malhotra said people are facing high inflation and don't get ration cards while millions of senior citizens are deprived of pension.
"Medicines aren't available in government hospitals, no doctors, no beds or mattresses and most of the people cannot afford medical treatment in expensive hospitals. Millions of Delhi students do not get admission in Delhi colleges. Yamuna River is flowing like a dirty drain. Delhi faces long hours of traffic jams in every corner of the city," he said.
Malhotra alleged that corruption in Delhi government was at its zenith and people were reeling under the shortage of water, electricity and high cost of living.