BJP points to Rs 3,200 crore ‘DJB scam’; AAP calls it dirty…

Training its guns at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi BJP Saturday alleged an over Rs 3,200 crore ‘water scam’ in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) with regard to alleged irregularities in its bank accounts.

New Delhi BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi and Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva alleged the DJB was “showing” a loss of Rs 70,000 crore on paper even as its consumer base across the capital was increasing. The AAP, in response, termed the allegations “dirty politics” and accused the BJP of having paralysed the city’s administration through the Amended GNCTD Act, as a result of which funds were lying in government accounts and deliberately not being disbursed by bureaucrats.

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Referring to the DJB’s bank account statements and financial reports, Lekhi alleged that it had hidden information regarding its finances between the years 2018-19 and 2022-23.

“Delhi Jal Board has not shown balance of about 110 accounts out of its more than 450 bank accounts in its balance sheet. In this, an amount of more than Rs 100 crore is lying in 77 bank accounts. Zero balance has been shown before many accounts whereas crores of rupees are lying in that account,” Lekhi alleged.

AAP termed “shameful” the BJP’s alleged bid to ensure bureaucrats “do not work for the people of Delhi” as a result of the amended GNCTD Act. “The Finance Department has been delaying DJB’s funds, which is hindering the development of Delhi. This is being done by the same officers who, on the instruction of BJP, stopped funds to mohalla Clinics before the MCD elections,” it alleged.

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