MCD workers on strike bring Delhi to its knees; to meet Rajnath Singh today

New Delhi: The striking workers of MCD on Wednesday blocked major roads in the capital throwing peak hour traffic out of gear even as the Delhi government suggested that the continuing protests, that have brought the city to its knees, were "political" and instigated by BJP.

Commuters had a harrowing time as traffic came to a standstill in various parts of the city as sanitation workers blocked major thoroughfares such as NH 24 and Vikas Marg among others. They dumped garbage and set tyres ablaze on the roads.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who had on Tuesday recommended to the AAP government to extend "conditional" loans to the civic bodies, is set to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain tweeted, "If salaries are paid upto Dec than why strike". The strike entered its eighth day on Wednesday.

Jain questioned the role of councillors and mayors of the BJP-ruled corporations in the protests. The three civic bodies told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday that the employees have been paid salaries till December 2015.

"It seems like politics now. If they have indeed paid salaries then why stage such protests? BJP is doing politics and misleading people. What explains the presence of mayors and BJP councillors in the protests otherwise?" Jain asked.

Jain said that "no one" could be sure as to whether the MCD authorities had stated the truth in the court.

The LG has expressed fear that further protests may cause law and order problem in the capital.

The strike has crippled functioning of hospitals and schools run by civic bodies, besides garbage disposal even as
the Delhi government continues to insist that it has already released the entire fund to the municipal bodies under non-plan head.

The contractors of NDMC and EDMC have also extended their support to the ongoing strike, threatening they will stop all ongoing works of the two municipal corporations from 10 February.

Thousands of agitators on Tuesday took out a protest march from the Civic Centre to Rajghat carrying begging bowls to draw attention to their demands.


Updated Date: Feb 03, 2016 12:16 PM

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