Delhi govt seeks report from MCD regarding bulldozer action
The Delhi government has sought a detailed report from three BJP-ruled civic bodies on several anti-encroachment drives carried out in the national capital since April 1.
New Delhi: The Delhi government has sought a detailed report from three BJP-ruled civic bodies on several anti-encroachment drives carried out in the national capital since April 1.
The development comes amid widespread outrage in Delhi over the recent action of bulldozers by the municipal corporation in several parts of the national capital. The demolition drive by BJP-run civic officials in several areas of the national capital has also triggered a political deadlock and sparked a war of words between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the anti-encroachment drive in different parts of the city would be the "biggest devastation" in independent India and accused the BJP of "misusing" power.
At a crucial meeting of AAP MLAs, Kejriwal said he should be ready to go to jail for opposing the demolition action while his party came on top of cases in the city's municipal corporations to address the problem of illegal construction and encroachment. Will do
"They are now reaching the colonies with bulldozers and vandalizing shops and houses. Even though people show them papers to prove that the structure is not illegal, they do not pay any heed. This hooliganism, abuse of power is not right," Arvind Kejriwal said.
AAP claims 63 lakh houses will be demolished
The Delhi CM also claimed that 63 lakh people would be rendered homeless by the ongoing campaign and questioned the moral, constitutional and legal right of BJP-ruled municipal bodies to launch such a massive campaign at the end of their terms.
He asked, "Delhi has not developed as a planned city. More than 80 per cent of Delhi can be called illegal and encroachment. Does this mean that you will destroy 80 per cent of Delhi?"
Three civic bodies are carrying out demolition in several parts of Delhi, including Shaheen Bagh, Karol Bagh, Madanpur Khadar, New Friends Colony, Mangolpuri, Khyala and Lodhi Colony.
Arvind Kejriwal said his party was against it because of the scale of the campaign of the civic bodies and the manner in which it was conducted.
"They plan to demolish all the unauthorized colonies where about 50 lakh people live. They plan to demolish all the slums where around 10 lakh people live," he said.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah requesting him to stop the "destruction" in the name of anti-encroachment drive.