Monday, October 3, 2022

AAP demands probe against Delhi LG

The tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena took a turn for the worse on Monday as the party MLAs decided to stay overnight at the Delhi Assembly premises, demanding a probe against the LG for allegedly changing banned currency notes during his term as the KVIC chairman in 2016.
BJP said its MLAs would also spend the night in the Assembly, staging a dharna against the AAP government. There was no immediate reaction from Saxena to AAP’s allegations.
AAP legislator Duregesh Pathak alleged in the Delhi Assembly that Saxena had pressured his employees to exchange demonetised notes worth Rs. 1,400 crore in 2016 when he was working as the chairman of KVIC.
During the House proceedings on Monday, the ruling party legislators trooped to the Well, alleging that the “scam” was worth Rs 1,400 crore and demanding Saxena’s resignation, besides a probe by both CBI and ED.
The development came days after Saxena recommended a CBI probe into alleged corruption in the implementation of Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 and the AAP’s accusations that he was “interfering” in the city government’s work.
Based on LG’s recommendations, the CBI registered an FIR in connection with the alleged excise policy scam and raided deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s residence earlier this month. Sisodia is one of the accused in the matter.
Defending Saxena, the BJP on Monday said AAP leaders are levelling these allegations “to take revenge”.
The House witnessed a rocky session on Monday, forcing four back-to-back adjournments, as AAP legislators trooped to the Well raising slogans against Saxena and holding up placards calling for his “arrest”.
Amid the slogan shouting, Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla adjourned the House till 11 am.
Speaking during a special session of the Assembly, Pathak said, “In 2016, Saxena forced Khadi’s cashiers to exchange his old unaccounted bank notes for him.
“When the whole country was suffering from cashlessness, lakhs lost jobs and several slept hungry, the then KVIC chairman Saxena committed a scam of Rs 1,400 crore in the name of Mahatma Gandhi,” he alleged.
BJP MLAs were marshalled out of the Assembly at the start of the session and were not present in the House when the disruption happened.