On Monday, BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed that there is a scam of Rs. 2,000 crore in the construction of classrooms for Delhi government schools. The allegation was firmly rejected by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who challenged Mr. Tiwari can arrest him if such irregularities prove to be true.
The charge was also lashed out by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who is in charge of the education department. He said the BJP Delhi chief should get him arrested if he was guilty or apologize for “lying” to the poor people whose children are getting an education in good quality schools of the Delhi government.
Holding a press conference, Mr. Tiwari claimed the Delhi government with the expenditure of Rs. 2,892 has undertaken the construction of 12,782 classrooms which could have been done with maximum spending of around Rs. 800 crores.
“Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia talks about construction of new school rooms. There is a scam of Rs. 2,000 crore in it,” Mr. Tiwari told reporters.
He claimed that the taxpayers’ money was being misused by the Delhi government and asked him to resign. He also said that his party will complain to Delhi Lokayukta regarding the scam. Hitting back at Mr. Tiwari, the AAP chief tweeted, “The BJP’s CBI checked all our files but found nothing. If there is a scam then arrest us immediately, all the agencies are with you. Why do you want to obstruct good education to the poor.”
“For the first time poor children are studying in such good schools (of Delhi government) which were earlier available to rich people only,” he said in another tweet. “Now children of auto drivers, housemaids, and laborers are becoming doctors, engineers, and lawyers. BJP does not want this so it has deliberately kept the schools in poor quality in the states ruled by it,” he added.