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SC to hear Jahangirpuri demolition case today; BJP minister equates Congress with Muslim League

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear the case of the demolition of allegedly unlawful sections in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, the region where communal violence erupted on Hanuman Jayanti, on Thursday, a day after the highest court’s ruling halted the civic body’s eviction operation.

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The eviction by a BJP-controlled civic body in AAP’s Delhi, which is being challenged in the Supreme Court by Congress leader senior advocate Kapil Sibal, has thrown the BJP, AAP, and Congress into a political quagmire. On the other side, CPM leader Brinda Karat was in Jahangirpuri on Wednesday.

Brinda Karat has petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the destruction of Jahangirpuri, claiming it is a ‘political, communal game plan.’

The Delhi BJP lashed out at the AAP, saying it was concerned about the downgrading campaign in Jahangirpuri against “illegal Rohingyas and Bangladeshis” to whom it had given “freebies.” AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Raghav Chadha, and Sanjay Singh attacked the BJP, claiming that razing Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s mansion and the BJP headquarters with bulldozers will permanently liberate the country from communal violence and rioting.

As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called the drive “a demolition of India’s constitutional values’, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said there is no difference between the Congress and the Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen. “I have never seen a Political Party in India which is more Communal than Congress Party. There’s no difference at all between Congress Party & Muslim League or Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen,” Rijiju tweeted.

On Wednesday night, AIMIM chairman Asaduddin Owaisi said that he was prevented from visiting the riot-stricken areas of Jahangirpuri by the police. “I’ve said this before, the bulldozer will work on Ansar, Ahmed but not on Arjun, Ajay. That’s the difference. Ansar remains Ansar even if he’s in BJP or AAP… this demolition is vigilante justice… Polls will come and go but what about those who came on roads during Ramzan?” Owaisi said.

The demolition campaign, according to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, is a standard practise, and three encroachment drives were performed in Jahangirpuri on February 2, 17, and April 11.

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