New Delhi, Feb 3: The BJP on Monday sought to make optimum use of the mandatory debate on the Motion of Thanks to President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament and fielded its West Delhi lawmaker Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma to initiate the discussions.
Mr Verma has been in news for his controversial remarks in the run up to the February 8 Delhi assembly polls and was also banned by the poll panel for 96 hours. In his speech in the Lok Sabha, Mr Verma blasted out at both the AAP and the Congress for their respective failures including misgovernance and corruption. He said while the AAP regime has failed to provide good governance in last five years in Delhi and with regard the Congress, he said "two things cannot be counted.....stars in the open sky and the number of corruption cases under Congress".
Seconding the motion, another BJP lawmaker Ram Kripal Yadav said it is unfortunate that most parties who had politics based on anti-Congressism ideologies are today standing with the same party which ruled India for long. Mr Verma said when the government of Delhi has forgotten about its people, the Centre will work for them. Lashing out at the AAP government, he said Rs 1,400 crore was spent on advertisements for the assembly polls. 'Not a single school, college or hospital was constructed by the AAP government in past five years,' he said.
Central welfare schemes, including Ayushman Bharat, were not implemented in Delhi and people were deprived of such benefits, he said. Bringing up Shaheen Bagh issue, Mr Verma said the AAP was supporting protestors in Shaheen Bagh who were raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. He said Congress and AAP were supporting 'Tukde tukde gang' which talked about 'jehad' and 'Jinnah wali Azadi' . When Trinamool lawmaker Saugata Roy said the BJP MP has dedicated most part of his speech to the affairs of Delhi, Speaker Om Birla made a brief remark in lighter vein, 'You speak on Bengal'.
The BJP leader said the Centre has given Rs 390 Crore under Nirbhaya Fund to Delhi, but only five per cent was used and rest remained unspent. He took potshots at the Delhi Chief Minister and others for asking proof for surgical strike, which took place in February 2019, and said 'Next time they will be taken in aeroplane and seated at the spot, so that they can witness it'. Delhi pollution has increased, he said, adding that 'Earlier only one person was coughing but now all of Delhi is coughing' - without taking names.
Talking about regularisation of unauthorised colonies of Delhi, he said the AAP dispensation did not spend single paise on it. He said Yamuna river will become as clean as Sabarmati in Gujarat if BJP comes to power and also promised 'Har ghar ke nal mein jal' (water in every tap in every household). Mr Verma said the present dispensation under AAP in Delhi was paying salary in mosques but it was being discriminatory and not paying those working in temples or Gurdwaras. He said this (Centre) was a performing government and does not believe in procrastinating. 'Problems which have been pending for decades have been solved. This is a government which takes decisions,' he said. (UNI)