Raj Niwas statement after meeting misleading: Bharadwaj

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Raj Niwas statement after meeting misleading: Bharadwaj

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

Delhi Urban Development Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Monday alleged that the press statement issued by the Delhi Lieutenant Governor House following a meeting over water situation in the national capital was "misleading" and demanded that the video of the meeting be put in the public domain.

There was no immediate reaction from the office of LG Vinai Kumar Saxena, who had met Delhi ministers Atishi and Bharadwaj and assured them to take up the water supply matter with the Haryana government.

During a press conference, Bharadwaj was asked that the facts stated by Atishi and the LG Office press statement were different. Delhi Urban Development Minister said, "It is very unfortunate that the discussion that happened during the meeting is being presented in a wrong and false manner in the press statement. The press statement is quite misleading and portrays facts in a wrong light."

Meanwhile, the AAP held a protest on Monday at Haryana Bhawan over its allegation that the neighbouring state is not releasing Delhi's share of the Yamuna's water, leading to a shortage in the city. Scores of AAP workers, including party MLA Kuldeep Kumar, raised slogans against the BJP-led Haryana government.

Bhardwaj claimed that there were three video cameras recording the proceedings of the meeting and said, "You have video-recorded the meeting. Please put it in the public domain. Let the people of Delhi and the country see the discussion. Please make the video public. Let people see what discussion happens between ministers and LG. He cannot make it public because people will get to know his reality. This proves that Lt Governor and his office issue misleading press releases which is a criminal offence."

Bharadwaj also alleged that when he and Atishi reached the LG Secretariat for the meeting, the security personnel asked them to deposit their phones outside. "We were asked to keep our phones outside and when we questioned, there was discussion among the police personnel and they allowed us to take our phones in the meeting. When we apprised LG sir over the matter, he apologised and said there must have been some miscommunication," he said.

Further, the AAP Kondli MLA said, "The BJP is playing dirty politics and depriving the people of Delhi of their share of water at a time when heatwave conditions are prevailing in north India. The Lt Governor should intervene as the representative of the people of Delhi," Kumar said.

After the meeting, Atishi said the Lt Governor assured them that he will talk to the Haryana government to ensure that the national capital's share of 1,050 cusecs water is released in the Munak canal.

The LG Office in a statement said Saxena assured the ministers that he will take up the matter of supply with the government of Haryana and request them to give extra water on humanitarian grounds. Saxena also advised the ministers to avoid blame game and prevent wastage of water, it said.

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