A day after 15,000 sanitation workers in Delhi called off their strike, both Aam Admi Party and the BJP launched cleanliness drives in the city.
The ‘safai karamcharis’ in Delhi were protesting against non-payment of dues. They called off their strike on Friday, after 12 days, only when the Delhi High Court directed the AAP government to immediately release funds for payment of salaries to its employees.
On Saturday, both AAP and BJP deployed key ministers in different parts of the city to clear the garbage left uncollected for days.
AAP’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also out on the streets clearing the garbage.
“Sanitation workers have stepped out on the road and we have joined them to give them a helping hand. They were not getting their salaries so Delhi government has shelled out some money from its budget in an effort to pay them. Though Delhi government does not have enough money, still we are trying somehow,” said Sisodia.
On the other side the BJP, led by its Delhi chief, Satish Upadhyay took out a similar campaign.
“Kejriwal does not know how to govern. BJP party members and workers together will work 24×7. We have set a target that within 48 hours every legislator in his area will clear this garbage. I am also visiting each area,” Upadhyay claimed.
Both parties went on a cleaning spree taking the opportunity to take potshots at each other for the mess.
Congress too jumped in to take credit for resolving the garbage crisis. Rahul met some sanitation workers again today, who came to thank him for intervening.
Rahul again promised to stand by them.
“I am ready to dedicate my full life for them; not only a day, a month or a year” said Rahul.
Congress also attacked both the Centre and the Delhi government for doing politics over the garbage mess and called their sanitation drives a “photo op.”
“Now when the strike has ended, those belonging to the party of Prime Minister Narenda Modi and AAP have come out to the streets for a photo op in the name of clearing the garbage. Neither the AAP nor those belonging Modiji’s party spare any opportunity of photo-up,” party spokesperson and AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said.