New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs at his residence in Civil Lines regarding the anti-encroachment drive by the civic body in the national capital. Criticizing the BJP’s 15 years of misrule in the MCD for filth and illegal properties in the national capital, he said Delhi was not built in a planned manner.
Kejriwal asked the BJP, “More than 80 per cent of Delhi can be said to be illegal and encroached. Does this mean that you will destroy 80 per cent of Delhi?”
“They are reaching into the colonies with bulldozers and demolishing any shops and houses. If people show them papers to prove that the structure is not illegal, they don’t investigate them,” he said.
Kejriwal also took a jibe at the MCD, saying it would be the “biggest catastrophe” in independent India if shops and houses of 63 lakh people in Delhi were bulldozed into pieces, which are considered illegal.
The way BJP is running anti-encroachment campaign is against Aam Aadmi Party. “About 50 lakh people live in unauthorized colonies, 10 lakh live in ‘jhuggis’ and there are lakhs of people who have changed balconies or done something which is not as per the original map,” he said.
“That means 63 lakh people’s homes and shops will be bulldozed. This will be the biggest catastrophe in independent India,” he said.
Stating that the Aam Aadmi Party is against encroachment and wants Delhi to look beautiful, he said that demolishing the houses and shops of 63 lakh people will not be tolerated. He assured the people that AAP would solve the problem of encroachment and people living in unauthorized colonies would get ownership rights.
first published:May 16, 2022, 1:43 pm