NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Thursday served legal notice on Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in a conflict of interest case. On Wednesday, Kejriwal had alleged that there was a nexus between Upadhyay and private companies, saying the firms owned by him were installing and repairing meters for the discoms in Delhi, particularly for the Relianceowned BSES, in the city.
Upadhyay led a delegation of BJP leaders to submit a complaint against Kejriwal. The delegation, which included Delhi in-charge Prabhat Jha, MP Vijay Goel and Ramesh Bidhuri, met Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and requested him to take action against Kejriwal for his “low-grade politics”.
In a press conference, Upadhyay said: “Served legal notice at the office address & residential address Ghaziabad of Arvind Kejriwal and asked him to prove the charges within 24 hours otherwise defamation case will be filed against him.” “Kejriwal, who claims of morality every time should apologise to the people of Delhi and me or renounce politics if he has no proof,” Upadhyay added.
Not changing their stand on the issue, AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia said: “We have provided all the evidence on the dirty nexus between the Delhi BJP president and big business. Now he should resign.”
“In entire Delhi, these fastrunning meters installed by Satish Upadhyay’s company have made the lives of citizens hell. If political leaders like him become the Chief Minister, I doubt whether they would work for the people,” Sisodia added.
Barely three days after the Model Code of Conduct came into effect in Delhi 43 FIRs were lodged against various political parties. Most cases have been against Aam Aadmi Party (18) and second in line is the BJP with 12 cases and the Congress has eight cases registered against it for its workers for breaching the code. The other parties which are not taking the Model Code seriously are the BSP with three cases, and the RJD with one case. The report of the Chief Electoral Officer said that 914 hoardings were removed from public property, 23 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor, 66 bottles of country liquor and 72 beer bottles were seized by the EC.
As the elections in Delhi are nearing, parties are campaigning aggressively putting hoardings across the capital to garner public support.