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IndiaTva7bdf5_helplineBy NewsGram Staff Writer

Thanks to its bitter conflicts with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, the AAP government’s much-fancied instrument to empower Delhiites and fight graft; the Anti-corruption helpline number 1031 has become a dud.

Anti-corruption bureau chief M K Meena on Wednesday attacked the AAP government for halting the routing of calls to the ACB for action.

Meena, who was appointed to the post by LG Najeeb Jung said, “If information is being suppressed, it is an offence. They should either shut down or handover the helpline to us if they are finding it difficult to run”, adding that the government was trying to make the ACB toothless.

The ACB is meant to act on public grievances regarding corruption and puts a rough estimate of around 50,000 calls which have gone unheard due to the non-transfer of calls from the vigilance to ACB.

In this regard, the ACB chief is learnt to have had meetings and sent written letters to the government.

Meena had earlier written a letter to the Delhi chief secretary criticising that the city government was not transferring complaints made to vigilance helpline 1031 to the anti-graft body, as is the norm.

“If the complaints are not brought to the knowledge of the anti-corruption branch, the public hoping for some action against the corrupt will suffer,” Meena is said to have communicated to the chief secretary.

As victims provided evidence via photographs, audio recordings and videos, many cases have been registered by the anti-corruption branch, with the helpline registering over 2 lakh complaints till date.

The 1031 helpline consists of over 60 lines and receives thousands of calls each day. Complaints have been registered extensively against municipal corporations, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Fire Services, transport department. The Delhi Police has not been spared either in this regard.

Meanwhile, the state authorities have kept the call centre location secret. The complaints were being forwarded to the anti-corruption branch till a month ago.

On April 5, Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had re-launched the helpline at a public gathering at Talkatora Stadium.

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The present stalemate between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung is wreaking havoc on the everyday life of the citizens of Delhi.

While both the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party raise boisterous slogans for wiping out corruption from politics, it is ironically shameful that their tussles for one-upmanship have rendered the anti-corruption bureau powerless, and precariously closer to becoming defunct.

Both the Centre, viz. Najeeb Jung and the state government need to rest their weapons and resolve their differences at the earliest. If the differences persist, a workable solution or a truce should be agreed upon so that the Aam Aadmi can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS