As India's capital city faces an acute water shortage, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress raised the issue outside the residence of Delhi State Chief Arvind Kejriwal in a protest on Friday.
Scores of leaders and workers from both the opposition parties chanted slogans against Delhi Chief and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kejriwal, demanding adequate and clean water for all the city's residents.
Congress, BJP Blame AAP Leader Kejriwal for Water Crisis
"Arvind Kejriwal is misleading the people of Delhi. He is going to other states and misrepresenting the facts of Delhi. He is focusing on his 'freebie model' and he is not talking about providing better facilities in Delhi," Abhishek Dutt, the vice-president of Congress in Delhi, told Sputnik.
"There is no water in Delhi. [Kejriwal] is a complete liar. When [late Congress leader and ex-Delhi chief] Sheila [Dixit] left Delhi, the union territory was getting 906 million gallons of water a day. At present, Delhi gets only 911 million gallons of water per day."
Dutt added: "Kejriwal has managed to increase the amount of water Delhi get by a mere 5 million gallons a day in seven years. He is cheating the people of Delhi. Blaming others will not work. We will continue our protests."
Meanwhile, the BJP president in Delhi, Adesh Kumar Gupta, held Kejriwal directly responsible for the water crisis on Friday, and warned that the water supply to the AAP leader's residence could be disconnected.
बूंद-बूंद पानी के लिए तरसी दिल्ली! दिल्ली प्रदेश भाजपा अध्यक्ष श्री @adeshguptabjp जी के साथ किया मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल के निवास के बाहर प्रचंड प्रदर्शन!! #DelhiMangeSaafPani@narendramodi @JPNadda @AmitShah @blsanthosh @PandaJay @BJP4Delhi pic.twitter.com/295vfy5OXf— Ramvir Singh Bidhuri (@RamvirBidhuri) July 16, 2021
On Monday, BJP leaders and workers protested against the water crisis outside the residence of AAP politician, Satyendra Kumar Jain, who is also chairman of the Delhi Jal Board - the government body responsible for the provision of drinking water.
Last Sunday, the Delhi Jal Board approached India's Supreme Court as it sought directions to the Haryana government to release Delhi's share of water.
Meanwhile, Raghav Chadha, the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board has assured everyone that the water supply in Delhi will improve soon as the level at the barrage in the Wazirabad water treatment plant has been increased.
Chadha, who is another AAP politician, visited the barrage on Friday to inspect the water level.
"Haryana released 16,000 cubic feet [approximately 100,000 gallons] of water in the Yamuna at its Hathnikund barrage on Tuesday and it is likely to reach Delhi on Friday morning. From then on, the water crisis in the city will be resolved," Chadha said on Thursday.
According to the water authorities, once Delhi's neighbouring Haryana state released water the situation improved. The river's water level has risen.
"With the fresh discharge of raw water, the river is now back to earlier levels, and an increase in water levels is visible," a senior official of the Delhi Jal Board told Sputnik.