Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday requesting him to “not stop Delhi’s budget”, amid a row between the Centre and the AAP dispensation in the national capital over the issue.
In a report by PTI, The presentation of the Delhi government’s Budget for 2023-24, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been put on hold with the Kejriwal dispensation and the central government trading charges over allocations under various heads.
“This is the first in the last 75 years that a state’s budget has been stalled. Why are you upset with Delhiites? Please don’t stall Delhi’s budget. With folded hands, Delhiites urge you to pass their budget,” the chief minister said in the letter.
Earlier, The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that the Centre conspired to stall Delhi’s budget, and said it was undemocratic that officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs were dictating the budget expenditure for the national capital.
Addressing a press conference here, AAP national spokesperson and Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said it was utterly “shameful” that the budget has been stopped.
“This is making a joke of us in front of the entire world. It is shameful that the Centre is stopping the budget of a small state,” he said.
Independent Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal reacted to the AAP allegation in a tweet as he wrote, “Delhi Budget, Its presentation can’t be stopped like a car by a traffic light!” “Alleged objections: 1) Capital expenditure insufficient. Only 20% of total budget. 2) Allocation to publicity higher than last year. An elected government can’t be treated like this!”
It’s presentation can’t be stopped like a car by a traffic light !
1) Capital expenditure insufficient. Only 20% of total budget
2) Allocation to publicity higher then last year
An elected government can’t be treated like this !
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) March 21, 2023