Arvind Kejriwal’s NDMC membership challenged on grounds of ‘not fulfilling responsibility towards people’


New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) member Kuljeet Singh Chahal has challenged the council’s membership of Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Chahal alleged that the Delhi CM is not attending the meetings and is not fulfilling the responsibility towards people of his own constituency.

Citing the response to an RTI filed by himself, Chahal said that out of 21 NDMC meetings held so far regarding public convenience centers, Kejriwal had not attended 20 of them.

Chahal also accused Kejriwal of remaining absent from four consecutive meetings of NDMC held on December 22, 2021, January 7, 2022, February 23, 2022 and March 30, 2022, respectively.

It must be noted that a failure to attend in four consecutive meetings can lead to cancellation of membership. On the meeting held on June 22, 2022, Chahal moved a resolution demanding the cancellation of the Delhi CM’s membership. The decision on the same will be taken in the meeting slated to take place in the coming month.

Hitting out at Kejriwal, Chahal said, “He is not fulfilling the responsibility towards people of his own constituency. One can imagine how sincere he would be towards Delhiites as Chief Minister.”

He also said that Kejriwal has not implemented Ayushman Bharat Yojana, now known as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, in Delhi. This has deprived the poor people of Delhi of the benefits of the scheme under which free treatment for upto Rs 5 lakh can be availed at several hospitals.

He said that now the NDMC has passed a resolution to this effect and sent it to the Union Health Ministry for implementing this scheme in NDMC area. He has also written a letter to the Union Health Minister for its implementation.

Delhi BJP Chief Adesh Gupta has also launched an attack on Kejriwal. Gupta said that Kejriwal had promised there would be no water shortage in Delhi, but on the contrary, he has even reduced water supply to central government hospitals in the NDMC areas.

Gupta alleged that the reduced water supply is causing hardships to the patients, and their relatives, who are undergoing treatment in hospitals like Ram Manohar Lohia, AIIMS and Lady Hardinge. He claimed that earlier the central government hospitals in NDMC areas were getting 125 MLD of water, which now has been reduced to just 75 MLD.

On top of it all, when the quality of water was tested it was found to be dirty, Gupta said.

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