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Kejriwal lashes out on Delhi’s anti-encroachment drive; urges AAP MLAs to be ready to go to jail in protest

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, on Monday broke his silence and lashed out at the BJP government for the ongoing demolition drive in the national capital by MCD. He criticised the anti-encroachment drive and said if bulldozers raze the shops and houses of 63 lakh people in Delhi, which are considered illegal, it will be the “biggest destruction” in independent India.

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He was speaking at a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on the matter, Mr Kejriwal told them that they should be ready to go to jail for opposing the anti-encroachment drive being carried out by the BJP-led municipal corporations in various parts of Delhi.

At a meeting, “They are reaching colonies with bulldozers and razing any shops and houses.” “Even if people show them papers to prove that the structure is not illegal, they do not check them,” he said.

“Delhi has not been made in a planned way. More than 80 per cent of Delhi can be called illegal and encroached. Does that mean you will destroy 80 per cent of Delhi? ” He said in an online briefing.

He said the party is against the way the anti-encroachment drive is being carried out, adding nearly 50 lakh people stay in unauthorised colonies, 10 lakh in ‘jhuggis’ and there are lakhs of people who have modified balconies or done something that does not conform to original maps.

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While noting that the Aam Aadmi Party is against encroachment and wants Delhi to look beautiful, he said razing homes and shops of 63 lakh people will not be tolerated. In the last 15 years, the BJP was in power in MCD and took money. Their tenure will end on May 18. Do you have the constitutional power to take such a big decision? Let elections happen and let that party take the decision. “Everyone knows that the AAP will come to power in MCD,” he said.

He assured people that the AAP would solve the problem of encroachment and that people residing in unauthorised colonies would get ownership rights.


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