The BJP leaders also claimed that the Delhi government has increased the cost of building classrooms several times and projected several school toilets as classrooms to justify the “inflated” bills.
At a press conference, Shehzad Poonawalla claimed that the AAP government was following a “reverse Robinhood” model in which money intended for the poor was taken away to fill the treasury of the liquor mafia.
People had asked for ‘pathshala’ (schools), but the AAP government gave them ‘madhushala’ (liquor stores), he said, adding that these had become the ‘twin towers’ of corruption in the capital, and Kejriwal and deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia are “builders”, a likely reference to the two large illegal buildings demolished a few days ago in Noida.
Not sure about Bharat Ratna, but he will get a ‘Bhrashtachar Ratna’, the BJP leader mocked Sisodia.
He reiterated 15 questions the BJP has posed to Kejriwal about the alleged drinking scams, asking him to “don’t distract and avert, but answer them”. Citing questions previously raised by several BJP spokespersons, he wanted to know why the excise policy was being rolled back if there was no corruption.
Poonawala said a retail liquor seller earned “just Rs 33 per bottle” under the old excise tax policy, but earned “a whopping Rs 363 per bottle on a 750ml bottle of liquor” under the policy introduced by the AAP government .
He asked the AAP not to change the goal post, but to answer the specific questions that have not been answered in the past 38 days.
“‘Bhrashtachar’ (corruption) has become their ‘adhikar’ (right), and when an inquiry is made, they shout ‘attyachaar, attyachaar’ (crying), and resort to drama and ‘durachaar’ (bad behavior) in the meeting,” he claimed.
MP Manoj Tiwari cited the incident in which a student at a government school in Nangloi in suburban Delhi was injured after a ceiling fan in her classroom fell on her head.
“Semi-permanent constructions” were used in many government schools, which is why fans fell from the ceilings, he said.
“Until now, AAP’s morality has fallen, and now ceiling fans are falling in their schools too,” said Tiwari, mocking Kejriwal’s government.
The student has been admitted to a private hospital in Nangloi and is being treated.
Tiwari also flashed a report claiming that classroom construction costs in many schools had been severely inflated, and even toilets were “counted and projected as classrooms” to justify the escalation in costs.
Responding to the statements of the BJP leaders, Kejriwal said in a Hindi tweet: “The BJP’s accusation is why we built so many schools, so many classrooms and provided so many comforts in every classroom? Because we want the best of education want to give to every child in the country. The schools under BJP-led MCD are in bad shape. We will improve them after winning (citizen polls).”
The BJP on Monday claimed that there had been a scam in Delhi’s education department, saying that the city government had increased the budget for the construction of classrooms in the existing schools, ignoring the guidelines of the central public works.
Citing a report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) sent to the vigilance department of the Delhi government in 2020, the saffron party had said that the city government had increased construction costs by Rs 326 crore, 53 percent more than the original tender amount. , without carrying out a new tender .