New Delhi, November 21: The Aam Aadmi Party demanded on Thursday the resignation of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan for giving out a "fabricated and false" report which stated that Delhi's water is most unsafe among 21 major cities of India. The Union minister had released on November 16 a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) report, according to which Delhi has the most unsafe water among 21 major Indian cities.
Talking to reporters, AAP MP Sanjay Singh asked Paswan on whose "provocation" did he "lie and defame" Delhi. Delhi Water Battle: Ram Vilas Paswan Reacts to Arvind Kejriwal’s Accusations, Says ‘Test Done by BIS’.
"It's unfortunate, but the fact is that the report on Delhi's water quality as disclosed by Paswan is completely fabricated. He is putting out such statements based on a survey in which samples were collected from 11 different locations of Delhi. But later, it was found that the locations in the report are fudged," he said.
"People named in the list have claimed that nobody came to their house to collect such samples and they are happy with the water quality and the Delhi government," Singh claimed.
He alleged that to make such a "fudged" report, Paswan has included water samples of his own residence and office which come under the NDMC, an area where water is supplied by the Centre and not the Delhi government.
"I want to ask him on whose instructions did Paswan make such a fabricated, orchestrated and fudged report? Being a Central minister, he has betrayed the constitutional principles of this country. Paswan should apologise to the people of Delhi and India and should immediately resign from his post," the AAP MP said.
Every day 500 samples are taken by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) from various places in Delhi. Between January 1 and September 24, 2019, DJB collected 1,55,302 samples.
"Out of them, only 2,222 samples, which is only 1.43 per cent, failed. In October, the DJB again collected 16,502 samples, of which only 3.98 per cent (658) failed and 96.02 per cent (15,844) passed. All these are done following WHO standards and Delhi's water meets WHO standard," Singh added.