June 28, 2016 6:51:18 pm
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Tuesday took a swipe at AAP dispensation, saying in civic issues like sanitation the elected representatives must “rise above politics”.
She was addressing a gathering at a programme in Delhi Cantonment on ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. The Delhi Cantonment Board has appointed her as its brand ambassador for the ‘Clean India’ drive.
“We will do politics but after five years. But, it is important that first we address the issues of the areas we represent, be it civic, health or infrastructure. If people have reposed their faith in us, we must also evaluate ourselves.
“And, I believe Delhi government should also do the same from hereon. Politics we will do, but after five year, but we must address the needs of people who voted for us to work for five years for them,” Lekhi said.
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has locked horns with the Centre and BJP-controlled civic bodies on several issues in the past.
“Delhi government and the Centre both must work together for betterment of people,” she said.
The New Delhi MP also asserted that her constituency would “give a perfect pilot to the Centre on waste management policy,” adding, the idea must be “pan-Vidhan Sabha area”.
“Our target would be that no waste should go to landfill site, and that we must find an efficient policy to recycle, reuse and reduce the waste,” she said.
She suggested that the Cantonment Board should go for waste-to-fuel, construction and demolition waste to bricks norm and also use measures to recharge groundwater water.
“For stray cows, we can have something like a shelter and the bovine excreta could be used for producing biofuel. And water havesting and other green measures must be adopted,” the MP said.
AAP Delhi Cantonment MLA Surender Singh in a veiled dig earlier said, “It doesn’t matter how influential any personality is and from whichever party, if they create problem for us, we will not spare them.”
Delhi Cantonment Board administers jurisdiction over 42.5 sqkm of area where over 1.10 lakh people reside and includes four natural water bodies. It ranked 15th in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ list, a notch above New Delhi Municipal Council. Mysuru was adjudged the most clean city.
Lekhi also criticised the implementation policy of the NDMC saying, she had given Rs 2.5 crore to it as part of the MPLAD but it “wasn’t spent properly”. “I think the Board should have ranked much higher and our aim would be to compete with Mysuru.”
A mobile app ‘Samadhan’ for grievance redressal related to sanitation issues in the area was also launched on the occasion.
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