AAP, BJP take up brooms to clean city of garbage

Dy CM, Upadhyay join cleanliness drives

A day after sanitation workers in east Delhi called of their work strike over non-payment of salaries, AAP and BJP leaders wielded broom in different parts of the capital as part of their respective sanitation drives.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP leaders Ashutosh, Ashish Khetan, Sanjay Singh and Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay took to the streets with their supporters in different parts of the city.

On Friday, a large section of sanitation workers had called off their 12-day-long strike, averting a looming health crisis hours after the Aam Aadmi Party-led government released Rs 513 crore for their salaries.

“Rahul Gandhi, mayors of the BJP-ruled municipal corporations and the Chief Minister of Delhi should all go together to Prime Minister to discuss about the MCD issue. There is no need to do politics over this,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

A day before, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the agitating workers outside MCD office in Patparganj.

He had attacked the BJP-led Union government and Delhi government of shifting the blame on each other.

The ruling AAP has been blaming the BJP-ruled municipal corporations and the Central government for the civic mess.

Singh led party volunteers to clean up garbage in Hari Nagar, while Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan took part in cleanliness drive at Chandni Chowk and Krishna Nagar respectively.

Locals protested against Khetan when he arrived to wield a broom.
“He has come when everything has been cleaned. What is he here for?” Sunil Kumar said, alleging that the AAP of “doing politics” over the issue.

AAP MLA S K Bagga from Krishna Nagar alleged that the BJP is punishing people of Delhi for voting his party to power.

“BJP’s Delhi chief was last year seen spreading garbage and then cleaning it up himself,” he said.
On Saturday, however, Delhi BJP chief Upadhyay was seen wielding a broom near Akshardham to deny political advantage to AAP.

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