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Delhi doesn’t need ‘part-time CM’ engaged in political tourism: Minister Meenakshi Lekhi

Last updated: 09 November 2022, 14:58 IST

No money was spent on creating infrastructure and training staff to fight pollution, she said.  (Image: M_Lekhi/Twitter)

No money was spent on creating infrastructure and training staff to fight pollution, she said. (Image: M_Lekhi/Twitter)

Citing RTI responses, the senior BJP leader of more than Rs 1,286 crore collected as environmental tax in the past seven years said the Kejriwal government had spent just over Rs 272 crore on fighting pollution.

Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi lashed out at Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday, saying the city did not need a “part-time prime minister” who was not concerned about the problems, but was engaged in “political tourism”.

There was no immediate response from the Aam Aadmi party government over Lekhi’s allegations.

Citing RTI responses, the senior BJP leader of more than Rs 1,286 crore collected as environmental tax in the past seven years said the Kejriwal government had spent just over Rs 272 crore on fighting pollution.

No money was spent on creating infrastructure and training staff to fight pollution, she said.

“This person (Kejriwal) does nothing. Delhi does not need a part-time prime minister devoting his time to political tourism to campaign in states tied to the elections,” the foreign and culture minister said at a news conference.

The “inactivity” of the Kejriwal government and the “running away” of responsibilities are the reasons why a large number of the elderly and children suffer from diseases related to air pollution, she claimed.

“He had promised to build 10 smog towers but only one was built at a cost of Rs 22 crore. Even that doesn’t work despite the fact that she spends Rs 80 lakh every month on its maintenance,” she claimed.

Lekhi asked Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena to order a probe to find out why the smog tower was not functioning despite spending such a high amount on maintenance.

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