Delhi kept in dark: Manish Sisodia accuses Centre of ‘conspiring’ to settle Rohingyas

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday claimed the Central government has prepared a blueprint to permanently settle Rohingyas in EWS flats in Bakkarwala, Delhi. Manish Sisodia accused the Centre of making a U-turn on the issue and blaming it on the Delhi government.

Manish Sisodia said, “The Central Government hatched a conspiracy with the Lieutenant Governor to permanently settle Rohingyas in Delhi by bypassing the elected Government of Delhi and the CM. File noting on this issue clearly shows how officers were instructed to send the file to the LG, bypassing the elected Government of Delhi. Centre specifically instructed officers of Delhi government, Delhi Police to keep the CM and ministers in the dark and settle Rohingyas in Delhi behind their back.”

He alleged,” The Central Government made a u-turn on the issue and blamed it upon the Delhi Government after the hue-cry post Hardeep Puri’s tweet.”

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Manish Sisodia accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wanting to make a vote bank out of the refugee.

“PM Modi wants to make a vote bank out of Rohingyas just like Congress made a vote bank out of Bangladeshis. PM Modi says he has no money for free education and healthcare, but he is ready to spend crores on Rohingyas. Kashmiri Pandits get killed everyday, but PM Modi has adopted Rohingyas like ‘ghar-jamais’. Minister Hardeep Puri claims Delhi Police will provide 24×7 security to Rohingyas; PM is even planning to give them permanent shops,” Manish Sisodia said.

He added, “If the Centre wants to settle Rohingyas, they should take them to a BJP-ruled state. Delhi government will oppose this move with all its might.”

“Since morning, many BJP people have been calling us expressing shock at the actions of their party. Today I want to appeal to all BJP leaders and workers to leave the party. BJP is the biggest traitor this country has ever seen. All Deshbhakts should leave the BJP and join the cause of the Aam Aadmi Party, if so be it,” Manish Sisodia said.

Earlier today, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that Rohingya refugees will be shifted to apartments in Bakkarwala in outer Delhi and will also be provided basic amenities and police protection.

Later, the Union Home Ministry clarified that the Rohingya refugees are to be kept in detention centre till their deportation. The home ministry added the Delhi government had not declared the location where the Rohingya refugees have been shifted as “detention centre”, and directed them to do so immediately.

Manish Sisodia, however, alleged that that Central government had “hatched a conspiracy” to permanently settle Rohingyas in Delhi without the knowledge of the city government.

“The Central Government intends to house thousands of Rohingyas in the EWS flats constructed by NDMC in Bakkarwala. The elected Government of Delhi was taken by sheer shock and surprise when they saw media reports confirming this today. What is even more baffling is that a senior central government minister, Hardeep Puri, has gone on record about this and tweeted a series of information taking credit for the settlement of Rohingyas in these EWS flats of NDMC,”Manish Sisodia said.

“It was found out that the elected Government of Delhi was deliberately kept in the dark by the favorite officers of the LG. It was even decided that the entire exercise will be undertaken by bypassing the concerned Home Minister of Delhi. File noting on this issue clearly shows how officers were instructed to send the file to the LG, bypassing the elected Government of Delhi.” Sisodia added.

The Delhi deputy CM claimed that following the backlash over the decision to give government flats to Rohingya refugee, the Central government and the Ministry of Home Affairs made a total turn around and tried to blame the Delhi Government for this decision.

“While the truth is that the Centre ordered the officers of the Delhi Government, Delhi Police officials, FRRO officials and forced the Chief Secretary to chair this meeting and take the decision, while ensuring that the elected government of Delhi and its Chief Minister or the Deputi CM in-charge of Home Department remain uninformed of the meeting and the decision,” Manish Sisodia said.

“The Delhi Government is clear that Rohingyas will not be allowed illegally settle in Delhi and the Delhi government will oppose this move with all its might. We will not compromise with the security of this nation and its people, no matter what,” Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

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