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BJP Demands Sheila Dikshit's Resignation

PTI 16 Jan 2010, 22:11:45 IST

BJP on Saturday  demanded resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, accusing her of misusing public funds during the last Assembly elections in Delhi. 

The demand for her resignation came days after Delhi Lokayukt rejected her objections on maintainability of a complaint accusing her of misusing public funds to gain "political mileage" during the assembly polls. 

Demanding her resignation, senior BJP leader V K Malhotra said Dikshit should step down from her post as she "violated statutory principles for use of public money." The party had made similar demands earlier also. 

Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin on Thursday rejected contention by Dikshit's lawyer that the complaint against her has no merit. 

BJP leader Vijendra Gupta had filed an application with the Lokayukta alleging that Dikshit had splurged public and government fund for her advertisement campaigns to win the elections in 2008. 

"The main allegation against the Chief Minister is that being the Minister incharge of the Department of Public Relations, she had spent enormous funds running into crores to influence the public to overcome the anti-incumbency factor," Malhotra said. 

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP chief O P Kohli said the party will begin a week-long agitational programme on Monday in the city to oppose the spiralling prices of essential commodities. PTI