AAP, BJP spar over photos of filth

In yet another addition to the politics over pictures of garbage and unclean toilets, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday claimed that the BJP has finally joined their campaign to monitor the ongoing cleanliness drive in Delhi. 

The party’s claim comes a day after the BJP pointed at unclean toilets in AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s New Delhi constituency.  

“The BJP has stated that it will provide photographs of garbage in the constituencies represented by the AAP MLAs, clearly conceding thereby that either the MCD’s cleanliness drive has already failed or it has been directed not to clear the garbage in areas represented by the AAP MLAs,” the party in a statement said. 

Earlier the AAP had submitted over 2,500 photographs of garbage waiting to be cleared in the city which were sourced from party supporters through party’s WhatsApp helpline number launched two days after Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

These photographs were sent to the mayors of all the three municipal corporations.

“The AAP hopes that with the BJP now joining in, the Union Home Ministry controlled New Delhi Municipal Council will take up the cleaning task effectively and more vigorously,” the statement said.

“Once BJP leaders step out of their homes with cameras, they will realise how the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi being ruled by it since last seven years and the Union Home Ministry controlled NDMC have failed in their basic duties so far,” the statement added.  

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP media cell co-convenor Praveen Shankar Kapoor said, on the one hand AAP is weakening the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by issuing photos and press releases and on other hand Kejriwal is silent on the photos of dirty toilets in his own New Delhi Assembly constituency.

“He has again played negative politics by issuing some photos of filth in some areas. It would be better if the AAP would have replied positively on the problem of dirty toilets in the New Delhi area,” he said, in a statement.

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