The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal, urging him to stop the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)-run North Delhi Municipal Corporation from allegedly donating land at Jhandewalan Tuberculosis Clinic to NGOs. The AAP claimed another civic land in Qutubgarh, which has a hospital, was also offered for adoption by NGOs, and alleged that the non-profit organizations selected were mainly run by BJP leaders or their relatives.
The BJP, however, accused the AAP of spreading rumors for political gain, and said the plan was only to ensure the reopening of the facilities, which are now closed due to lack of funds, to the public.
AAP Karol Bagh MLA Vishesh Ravi said the alleged sale of the northern MCD lands is a clear violation of the MCD law. “After a failed initial Expression of Interest (EoI), the North MCD raised it again on February 2 this year, to sell municipal land to BJP private NGOs,” he said.
“…This shows the blatant abuse of power by North MCD to steal public resources for the benefit of certain BJP leaders,” he said.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor dismissed the allegations. “The MCD du Nord has no offer to sell any of its health centres. Instead, he offered to short-let these two health centers to NGOs to run free charity health services. North MCD’s very old health center in Jhandewalan and a hospital in Qutubgarh were built in 2015. These centers are now closed due to lack of funds. In the wider public interest, the MCD has offered to lease them to health sector NGOs for a short period, to run the free charity services,” he said.