Saturday, August 28, 2010

CM Requested Opposition Leaders to Stop Blame Game

Call it a preemptive strike. Even before opposition could launch a full-fledged attack on government over alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games projects, CM Sheila Dikshit on Monday urged the BJP in the Delhi assembly to ‘‘not make things worse’’ and ‘‘join hands’’ to make the sporting event a great success.

‘‘Don’t do this; otherwise Commonwealth Games will appear to collapse. I am requesting you with folded hands not to do this,’’ said CM Dikshit, anticipating an opposition attack over graft charges.

Dikshit’s comment came after the leader of the opposition, V K Malhotra, raised concerns over cave-in incidents and widespread water logging. Malhotra lashed out at the Congress saying it appeared now no projects would be completed by the final deadline of August 31.

‘Several areas in the city are facing flood-like situation,’’ Malhotra said. He went on to blame civic agencies for carrying out digging which has resulted in huge amount of debris. Malhotra accused the government of not taking the dengue menaces seriously, claiming the disease could prove to be a major embarrassment during the Games.

During the arguments, several Congress MLAs defended the government and blamed the BJP-ruled MCD for ‘‘failing to complete’’ construction work and dengue outbreak.

As the House witnessed uproarious scenes, Dikshit said there was no point is playing the blame game and asked the BJP to join hands to make the Games a success.

‘‘There is no need to worry about the rise in Yamuna water levels. We have shifted only five families from the low lying areas. The situation is totally under control. I am not blaming MCD or any other agency. This is not the time for that. We should work together,’’ she said.

About dengue, she said 25-35% cases have come from outside Delhi and the total dengue cases were not worrying compared to the city’s total population. ‘‘We will look after each and every patient. We are launching awareness programme. Situation is under control. We are taking all the required measures,’’ she said.