Centre responsible for Rs 4,500 cr financial deficit of Delhi: AAP

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Manish Sisodia. Photo PTI

The Aam Aadmi Party is trying to create a space for itself. Its biggest competition today is the BJP. They score more political brownie points if they attack BJP. This is why they attack the BJP a lot more than the Congress who of course has found a great ally as people find AAP more credible for whatever reasons when it attacks BJP.

It insinuates a tradition of Aam Aadmi Party blaming BJP for every wrong thing that is happening to them. Earlier when Rakhi Birla car’s window-shield was broken by an unknown person and the whole AAP party unanimously blamed BJP. Later whole case was proven fake when “a boy told media that it was his ball which hit the minister’s car” Given this trend its quite clichéd that our honorable Deputy Chief Minister while presenting a vote-on-account in the Delhi Assembly said that Delhi has a deficit of Rs 4,500 crore in the Financial Year 2014- 2015, and held the Centre responsible for the city’s poor economic condition. He also alleged that the financial condition of the city has ‘deteriorated’ in the last one year.

“Last time when he left Delhi government, it was in profit, but in the last one year it has gone into a loss. During that time, the city was being governed by the Centre through the medium of Lieutenant Government (LG). Accounts of Delhi government deficit of Rs 4,500 cr,” Sisodia said. The deputy chief minister also tabled a budget estimate of Rs 37,750 crore for 2015- 2016.

Assuring improvement in government services and new projects, Sisodia said, “It is our commitment that we will overcome this financial loss and will also fulfill promises made to the people of this city before the election” However, Opposition leaders questioned the need of the vote-on-account, even after one month of formation of the government. “AAP government is in majority and moreover they are in government for over a month. They should have tabled the final budget instead of vote- on-account.” BJP MLA Vijender Gupta said.

Seeking financial support from the Centre, the Delhi government has also demanded an increase in Delhi’s share from central taxes. “The contribution of Delhi in the taxes is very significant as compared to other cities. Still Delhi’s share in central taxes remains stagnant at Rs 325 crore since 2001-02. The Central Finance Commission has recommended increasing the devolution of Central 14th taxes to states from 32 per cent to 42 percent.” “Had this recommendation been applied then Delhi would have received around Rs 25,000 cr for five years (2015-20).” Sisodia said.

According to Delhi Government statistics, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Delhi, at current prices in the current year is likely to attain a level of Rs 4,51,154 cr showing a growth of 15.35 per cent over the previous year. At constant prices, Delhi’s economy is poised to grow at the rate of 8.2 per cent during 2014-2015 compared to 7.4 per cent growth at the national level. AAP is becoming famous for its U-turns and Dramas! It is not able to decide what is good for them. Before elections,  AK used to say that agitations cannot help you achieve possessions and being in power is the only way for transformations. And now when he has assumed power, he is again going back into his good old days of agitations! AAP has shown again and again that they do not have clear execution plans in place and they believe things can happen just by pondering over it and of course the people constituting AAP look like any other guy who has political ambitions and wants to be on television is joining AAP. I seriously doubt their seriousness towards the party. Blaming others for problems? Sounds unripe. In fact nothing is going right with AAP at the moment. Call it inexperience or arrogance, AAP has been in suicidal mode.

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