Bulldozers will destroy Delhi: Sisodia in letter to Amit Shah | Latest News Delhi

Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) escalated its confrontation with the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) over “bulldozer politics”, with Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia urging the Union dwelling minister Amit Shah to halt additional demolitions within the Capital till investigations are carried out towards functionaries of the civic our bodies which are managed by the latter’s occasion.

The developments got here a day after AAP legislator Amanatullah Khan was arrested by Delhi Police from southeast Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar space, the place protests broke out and locals clashed with police when civic officers tried to carry down illegally constructed homes. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal additionally known as a gathering of all MLAs on Saturday to chart out a political counterstrategy.

Within the letter, Sisodia stated the civic our bodies’ demolition plans risked rendering homeless round 5 million residents of Delhi’s 1,750-odd unauthorised colonies, and 1,000,000 who reside in 860 slum clusters.

“The BJP’s plan in Delhi is now to run municipal bulldozers in all these colonies. Each day, BJP leaders attain some colonies with bulldozers. Not solely this, the BJP has additionally handed notices to 300,000 residents of authorised DDA colonies and plan to hold out demolitions there as nicely, since individuals could have made minor alterations to their houses,” Sisodia stated.

“There will probably be hardly any flat or bungalow in Delhi the place individuals haven’t received any minor alterations executed,” he added.

House ministry officers didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta, in an announcement, stated the demolition motion was being taken towards encroachments “by Bangladeshis and Rohingya”.

“These components are concerned in riots and legal actions within the nationwide capital and search shelter underneath AAP leaders’ safety. AAP shouldn’t be bothered concerning the poor. Had it been bothered about them, the AAP authorities would have applied central authorities’s free well being scheme (Ayushman Bharat) in Delhi. Had AAP been bothered concerning the poor, the Delhi authorities would have offered the homeless with houses. Solely BJP cares concerning the poor,” Gupta stated.

The controversy first started within the aftermath of the communal clashes in Jahangirpuri final month, the place the North Delhi Municipal Company (North MCD) carried out an anti-encorachment days after communal riots broke out within the space between Hindu and Muslim teams. The Opposition, together with the AAP and the Congress, accused the BJP of drawing from a playbook utilized in different BJP-ruled states the place bulldozers focused properties following communal clashes, or to focus on criminals from the minority group.

In current days, the demolition drives within the Capital have snowballed — for a lot of the previous week, nonetheless, they have been peaceable aside from protests that brought about a drive to be aborted at Shaheen Bagh on Monday and led to protests at Madanpur Khadar on Thursday.

The BJP and the municipal firms have denied allegations that the drives have been focused at specific communities.

The controversy has overshadowed what’s a authentic and a decades-long downside within the Capital, the place swathes of settlements — in prosperous in addition to poor areas — are unlawful, and momentary constructions routinely pop up alongside key stretches, triggering site visitors snarls and creating choke factors.

Alleging that it was the municipal firms, ruled by the BJP for 17 years, that allowed unauthorised constructions to mushroom throughout the town, Sisodia stated the saffron occasion was going to be “cleaned” within the civic our bodies and was intent on destroying peoples’ houses on their manner out.

“Earlier than operating bulldozers on the houses of the general public, bulldozers needs to be run on the houses of these BJP leaders who allowed these constructions to be executed by taking cash and until the accountability is mounted and motion shouldn’t be taken towards them, then the politics of this bulldozer needs to be stopped utterly,” he stated.

Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) chief Durgesh Pathak, in a criticism to the South MCD mayor and commissioner, requested the civic physique to research alleged illegalities in the course of the development of Delhi BJP chief Gupta’s residence and workplace in West Patel Nagar.

He stated “the AAP will bulldoze unauthorised constructions by Adesh Gupta” at his residence and workplace, if the MCD didn’t demolish them by 11am on Saturday”.

“It has been weeks for the reason that AAP uncovered unlawful constructions at Gupta’s residence and workplace, however the MCD refuses to take any motion,” Pathak stated. He claimed Gupta’s workplace operates out of an MCD college – MCD Major College, Diwan College (Opp. Block 28 & 32) in West Patel Nagar.

Hitting out at Pathak, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor stated, “If Durgesh Pathak or his occasion imagine that there’s encroachment exterior Adesh Gupta’s dwelling, they need to have complained to the MCD or approached the Lieutenant Governor or might have moved the courtroom. However being anarchic by nature, the AAP chief [Pathak] has determined to take a bulldozer. They don’t concern taking the regulation into their very own fingers. ”

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