The BJP on Tuesday claimed that around Rs 45 crore was spent on the “beautification” of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence in the Civil Lines area of the city and demanded his resignation on “moral” grounds.
No immediate reaction was available from the Delhi government or the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the BJP claims.
“It was not renovation and a new structure has come up in the place of the old structure. His camp office is also there. The expenditure is around Rs 44 crore but what is to be noted is that the old structures have been replaced with new ones,” a senior PWD official said.
Documents provided by sources showed that a total of Rs 44.78 crore against a sanctioned amount of Rs 43.70 crore was spent on “addition/alternation” of his government accommodation on 6, Flagstaff Road in Civil Lines. The amount was spent in six trenches between September 9, 2020, to June 2022, the documents showed.
According to the documents, the total expenditure included Rs 11.30 crore on interior decoration, Rs 6.02 crore on stone and marble flooring, Rs 1 crore on interior consultancy, Rs 2.58 crore on electrical fittings and appliances, Rs 2.85 crore on fire fighting system, Rs 1.41 crore on wardrobe and accessories fitting, and Rs 1.1 crore on kitchen appliances.
A separate amount of Rs 8.11 crore out of the sanctioned amount of Rs 9.99 crore was spent on the camp office of the chief minister at his official residence, it showed.
Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said in a statement that the amount of Rs 45 crore was spent on the “beautification” of Kejriwal’s bungalow at a time when Delhi was battling COVID-19.
“Kejriwal should answer the people of Delhi about his moral authority with which he spent around Rs 45 crore on the beautification of his bungalow when most of the public development works were stalled during the Covid phase,” Sachdeva said.
It has been established that Kejriwal does not live in a house but a “Sheesh Mahal” (in opulence), said the Delhi BJP president and asked the Chief Minister to resign on “moral” grounds.
With inputs from News18