Serious constitutional crisis is emerging in Delhi: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 19 (UNI) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed that a serious constitutional crisis is emerging in the national capital, as officers are refusing to work because they are being threatened and coerced by the BJP.

Speaking at the Delhi Assembly Session over a one-time settlement scheme to rectify water bills, Kejriwal said, “Nearly 27 lakh consumers are registered with the Delhi Jal Board. Among them, approximately 40 per cent of domestic consumers are not paying their water bills due to inflated bills.”

During Covid, wrong bills were issued on such a large scale that 40 per cent of Delhi Jal Board consumers across Delhi have inflated bills, and they are not paying the bills. In such a situation, it is the responsibility of the government to take a decision. The government brought water bill-one time settlement scheme which these (BJP) people are not allowing to implement, he asserted.

Officers are blatantly refusing to implement the written orders of their ministers because of pressure from the BJP, the Chief Minister said, adding, “They are saying that they cannot implement this scheme because they are being threatened by senior officials. If they do, they will be suspended or falsely charged with cases and arrested by the ED or CBI.”

“This is creating a serious constitutional crisis. The house believes that the BJP controls the officers of the Delhi government and the LG, and is intimidating officers for their petty and illegal political gains. This is to prevent the government of Delhi from implementing such a significant and welfare-oriented scheme,” he asserted.

Kejriwal further appealed to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena to call these officers to approve this scheme and even if they refuse to do so, then they should be suspended.

With the implementation of this scheme around 10.50 lakh consumers will get relief, he said.

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