L-G cancels allotment of land for Aam Aadmi Party’s headquarters in Delhi

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Lt Governor Anil Baijal today cancelled office allotment to the ruling AAP, stating the allotment was made in “clear violation” of rules, as powers on land in the national capital are vested with the Centre.

The L-G office sources told PTI Baijal had also sought opinion of the Public Works Department on the issue said the “accommodation was alloted violating the rules”.

“The accommodation allotment to the AAP by the government was in clear violation of laid down rules as powers related to land in Delhi are vested with the Centre,” the sources said.

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However, according to IANS, the Lt. Governor’s Office did not confirm the development.

Senior AAP functionary Sanjay Singh said, “I have got to know that the L-G has cancelled the allotment made for the AAP office.. Why so much enmity with AAP? What crime has the AAP committed that you (Lt. Governor) do not let us work in Delhi?”

Another party spokesperson, Ashish Khetan asked, “Every party, big or small, has been allotted office space in Delhi. Then why are they singling out? Doesn’t a party with 67 MLAs deserve an office space? Are there two sets of laws? One for AAP and another for BJP, Congress, etc?”

In November 2015, the AAP government had approved a policy for land allotment to state parties.

The Kejriwal government then alloted a bungalow to the AAP on the Rouse Avenue early last year. The bungalow was earlier alloted to Asim Ahmed Khan, the then Delhi Minister, who was sacked over graft charges.

The BJP said, allotment of an accommodation for office to the AAP was a “criminal breach of trust and illegal encroachment of the property”.

“No sanction was taken from the Urban Development Ministry, the authority concerned, before for the move. Land is not a subject for the Delhi government. Even Delhi government’s PWD has flagged the allotment proposal,” Vijender Gupta, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

“Installation of furniture and electrical fittings made in the government bungalow was turned into party office on public expense. This was against the norms. PWD raised objections, but they were ignored by the Chief Minister,” Gupta added.

The Shunglu Panel had, in its finding recently, criticised the allotment of a land as AAP’s office. The committee had flagged decisions including the allotment of land to ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its party office, appointment of Minister Satyendar Jain’s daughter as advisor to “mission director” of Delhi State Health Mission and a number of purported party functionaries as “advisors”.

The panel had said the decision to allot land to the AAP to build a party office should be considered “null and void” and also questioned the allotment of residence to DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal.

 

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