BJP MP Parvesh Verma ‘threatens’ to pour chemical on Delhi govt official; AAP hits back | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: BJP’s West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma courted yet another controversy on Friday after a video of him shouting at an officer during his inspection of ghats at the Yamuna ahead of the Chhath festival surfaced on social media.
The one-and-a-half minute video showed Verma threatening a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officer with pouring a chemical being used to control frothing in the Yamuna on his head.
While the unidentified officer defended the use of the chemical saying it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the USA and National Mission for Cleaning Ganga of the central government to be used for the control of the ammonia phosphorus foam, Verma said it would kill people.
“You are killing people here. You failed to clean the Yamuna in eight years and now adding the chemical in the river. Go take a dip in the river,” he is seen shouting at the officer.
“People will come to take a dip in the river (during the festival)… You are saying it (chemical) is approved. Shall I pour it (chemical) on your head? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?” the BJP MP further adds.
“On visiting Chhath Ghat near Yamuna today, we found containers with poisonous chemicals there. This chemical will be put into river. Asked the official present there who’ll be responsible for harm to people,” BJP MP Parvesh Verma, after his heated argument with a DJB official.
“I repeatedly asked them to not put chemicals into the Yamuna river. How can I not be angered if officials don’t listen to me in this matter? If I have to talk in this manner for the benefit of the people of Delhi, then I have no problem, it’s right,” MP Verma said.
The West Delhi MP along with his East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari and other party colleagues took a boat ride in the Yamuna to see the preparedness of the government and quality of water in the Yamuna ahead of Chhath Puja.
Addressing the media later, the BJP MPs later alleged that ‘poisonous’ chemical was being added in the river to artificially suppress the thick layer of white foam.
“We have seized about 50,000 litre of poisonous chemicals and a complaint has also been lodged with the police. It was the Delhi Jal board officials and Kejriwal’s own people who were using the chemical to suppress the froth,” the BJP leaders had claimed.
Reacting to the allegations, DJB vice chairman Saurabh Bhardwaj had said that the BJP leaders should learn something about science and technology.
“It’s absolutely stupid and incorrect to say that ‘a poisonous chemical’ is being used to suppress the foam in Yamuna. Chemicals don’t mean poison. Even chlorine and alum that are used to clean water are chemicals,” he said.

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