Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai Resigns


New Delhi: Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai, who was facing allegations of foul play over the proposal for a premium bus service in the national capital, has resigned citing “health issues”. PWD and health minister Satyendra Jain would take charge of the transport ministry.

Reacting to the ongoing investigation into the proposal, in which BJP has alleged that the Delhi government favoured a bus aggregating company, Rai had said on Monday that there was no evidence to prove the allegations. “No corruption took place in this scheme. I am ready to go to jail if anyone proves corruption in the app-based premium bus service,” he said at a press conference. He also said he will visit the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) office on Tuesday to give a reply to the allegations.

During the second phase of the odd-even scheme, Delhi government had announced the premium bus service that would have been made operational from mid-June. But the scheme could not be launched because the LG, Najeeb Jung, did not give his assent and asked the transport minister to review it.

A complaint was filed with the ACB by BJP legislator Vijender Gupta alleging that Delhi government had not followed any norms. Rai, who recently underwent a surgery to treat a bullet that had been lodged low in his neck for several years, is undergoing physiotherapy.