Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addressed a press conference at the party headquarters. He emphasized that the Development of Delhi should not suffer because of elections and Centre should allocate maximum funds for Delhi in Budget.
With the model code of conduct in place for the upcoming Delhi assembly election, no government is permitted to make any fresh announcement for Delhi.
However, the Union Budget is set to be announced on 1st February by the Central Government.
- Appeal to Centre to make announcements for Delhi in Budget even if model code is in place
- Development of Delhi should not suffer because of elections
- Centre should allocate funds for Delhi’s issues like pollution, transport, Yamuna cleaning: Arvind Kejriwal
CM Kejriwal said, “I have been under pressure from all corners to write to the Election Commission objecting to the Budget being announced on 1st February during the period of the model code of conduct being in force. But I am not in favour of stalling the announcement of the Budget government merely for the election. In fact, I would like to appeal to the central government to make new announcements for solving problems that the people of Delhi face. There are so many problems that need to be solved like pollution, Yamuna cleaning, sewerage, etc. The Centre should make announcements on all these issues. Politics should not come in the way of Delhi’s development.”
आचार संहिता के चलते दिल्ली के बारे में नई घोषणाएं नहीं हो सकती। लेकिन मैं केंद्र से अपील करता हूँ की आने वाले बजट में वो दिल्ली के लिए खूब घोषणाएं करें- पलूशन, सीवर, ट्रांसपोर्ट, यमुना आदि। चुनाव की वजह से दिल्ली का विकास रुकना नहीं चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/FWseWok9E8— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 16, 2020
Briefing the media at the party headquarters, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “I believe the progress and development of Delhi should not stop at any cost. We would want the budget to include policies and schemes for the progress and development of Delhi.”
Mr. Arvind Kejriwal said that the Central budget must provide adequate funds for the reduction of pollution in Delhi. He said, “They should also provide adequate funds to the state governments of Punjab and Haryana, to take preventive measures on the pollution caused by stubble burning in these states. To bring the transportation sector in Delhi at par with the international standards, the government must provide funds to improve the transport infrastructure in Delhi. Adequate funds must be provided to the Delhi government for cleaning up of river Yamuna, to provide sewer connections to each household, expansion of metro routes in the city, and for the cleaning of Delhi. We want this for the welfare of our state so that any party that forms the government in the state can utilise those funds efficiently.”
Mr. Arvind Kejriwal also pointed out the inadequacy of funds provided to the MCD by the central government. “We also want the MCD to get adequate funds from the central government. The budget from the central government to the MCD will pass through the Delhi government, but we have time and again requested funds for the MCD and have assured the centre that the funds will be transferred to the MCD on the same day.”
“Irrespective of who wins the election on 8 February, whichever party comes to power will then be able to utilise those funds for the people of Delhi,” he added.
“Even if we do not receive adequate support from the central government, we will not let the development of Delhi stop. More funds will accelerate the development process of Delhi but we will keep on working for the people,” said Mr. Kejriwal.