Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with a video of Vijay Goel calling the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) ‘chor’ (thief).
AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj shared on Twitter a video from a news channel showing Goel, MoS Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation, slamming the MCD before a gathering at a public park.
While Goel is a BJP leader and a member of the Rajya Sabha, his party is in power at the MCD.
In the video shared by Bharadwaj, Goel is heard saying, “If you ask me about MCD, I’ll say it is a thief.”
According to the video, which was aired by a news channel, Goel was in a park at Vikaspuri and was addressing a gathering comprising residents as well as councillors.
“I was not born to do things for my selfish interests,” Goel is heard adding before the video gets cut off.
Sharing the video on Twitter, Bharadwaj, the AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, wrote, “If I said this, the Sanghis would have taken offence. Now a big Sanghi has himself said it – MCD is a thief.”
मैं कहता था तो संघी बुरा मान जाते हैं, अब तो बड़े संघी ने कह दिया –
MCD चोर है !! pic.twitter.com/01rCBPtOzg
— Saurabh Bharadwaj (@Saurabh_MLAgk) March 16, 2019
Bharadwaj’s tweet was retweeted by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The BJP has an overwhelming majority in the MCD. The party has 181 councillors in the 272-strong MCD which is divided into three civic bodies – North, South and East.
The BJP is in the majority in all three bodies. The AAP is the second-largest party in the MCD with a total of 49 seats.
Vijay Goel is yet to react to the video.
Goel is undertaking rallies across Delhi as part of the Dhol Andolan. On Friday, he organised a cycle rally in protest of “Kejriwal’s failure to provide clean air to the people of Delhi”.
“Pollution level in Delhi is 5-7 times higher than permissible limit, yet the only thing Kejriwal did in the past four years is odd-even drama for self-publicity!” he tweeted.
Led a cycle rally in protest of Kejriwal’s failure to provide clean air to the people of Delhi. Pollution level in Delhi is 5-7 times higher than permissible limit, yet the only thing Kejriwal did in the past four years is odd-even drama for self-publicity! #DholAandolan pic.twitter.com/Cxwh9VDiN2
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) March 15, 2019
He said that pollution should be the election issue instead of statehood, which the Kejriwal government has been demanding.