‘Conspiracy’: AAP leaders accuse BJP of vandalising Delhi Jal Board office
Police personnel extinguish a fire during a protest by the BJP against the Delhi Jal Board on Sunday over the ongoing Delhi water crisis | PTI

‘Conspiracy’: AAP leaders accuse BJP of vandalising Delhi Jal Board office

First, Delhi’s water was reduced through Haryana government; two, water pipelines were broken; three, goons were sent to Jal Board office, alleges Atishi

AAP leaders Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj on Sunday (June 16) accused BJP leaders and workers of vandalising an office of the Delhi Jal Board in south Delhi.

Delhi Water Minister Atishi alleged that the saffron party was hatching a conspiracy against the national capital’s residents.

She said at a press conference that the BJP was leaving no stone unturned to trouble Delhi’s people.

“Main pipeline intentionally broken”

“The first part of the conspiracy was reducing Delhi’s water through its government in Haryana. Today (Sunday), the Wazirabad barrage is lying empty while the Munak canal is receiving less water,” Atishi alleged.

“Many parts of south Delhi did not receive water this morning because the main pipeline was intentionally broken yesterday (Saturday). Step two, breaking water pipelines and disrupting supply. Step three, which was revealed today, was the BJP sending goons to the Delhi Jal Board office to create ruckus,” added the senior AAP leader.

No immediate reaction was available from the BJP.

Atishi seeks protection for pipelines

Atishi said Delhi Jal Board officials will file a police complaint in connection with the vandalism incident.

“Will the Delhi Police register an FIR? Will the Delhi Lt Governor take action?” she remarked.

Atishi has also written to Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora, requesting deployment of personnel for patrolling and protecting major pipelines for the next 15 days.

BJP protests

Amid protests over severe water shortage in the national capital worsened by heat wave conditions, minister Bharadwaj also accused BJP leaders and workers of vandalising the Jal Board office.

Earlier in the day, BJP leaders led a protest against the AAP government in different areas across Delhi over the water shortage.

“Conspiracy,” says Bharadwaj

Terming it a “conspiracy” against the government, Bharadwaj shared a video showing some people breaking the windows of an office by hurling stones and earthen pots at it.

“See BJP leaders wearing party sashes and its workers raising slogans of BJP Zindabad vandalising government property at the Delhi Jal Board office. Who is getting pipelines broken at various places? Whose conspiracy is it?” he said in a post on X in Hindi.

The AAP government has been accusing the BJP-ruled Haryana of not releasing Delhi’s share of water. The Congress has also held protests against the acute water shortage in the national capital.

Heat wave in Delhi

The maximum temperature in Delhi on Sunday was recorded six notches above normal at 44.9 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius, 5.7 notches above the season’s average.

For Monday, the Met office has predicted mainly clear skies and heat wave to severe heat wave to with warm night conditions and strong surface winds.

(With agency inputs)

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