The demolition drive turned murkier in national Capital with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) threatening to carry out anti-encroachment drive at residence of Delhi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Adesh Gupta.
Senior AAP leader Durgesh Pathak demanded civic bodies to demolish unauthorised construction at Gupta’s residence by 11 am on Saturday, failing which party will get them razed using bulldozers.
“It has been weeks since illegal construction at Gupta’s residence and office was exposed but MCD refuses to take any action on it,” said Pathak. He alleged that Delhi BJP president's "political office" in West Patel Nagar, too, was an "illegal construction" as it was an encroachment on land of a civic body-run primary school. Pathak said his party had earlier written to mayor and commissioner of civic body concerned demanding a probe into alleged unauthorised constructions at Gupta's residence and office, but no action was taken.
"This can't be done anymore. I demand BJP-ruled MCD that unauthorised constructions at Gupta's residence and his illegal political office be demolished tomorrow by 11 am," Pathak said. "Else, we will go to his residence taking bulldozers and bring down unauthorised constructions there. We will also take action against his illegal office," he added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to stop the destruction. Sisodia also claimed that civic bodies are planning to raze 63 lakh dwellings in the national capital.
The AAP will oppose demolition drive and I have written to Union home minister to seek his intervention in matter, said Sisodia adding that they are even ready to go to jail. Sisodia said that of these, 60 lakh houses are in unauthorised colonies while remaining three lakh are those where people have extended their balconies or covered them.“We have learnt that notices have been sent to them. This will lead to a huge destruction in national capital. Almost 70 per cent of the population of Delhi will be rendered homeless,” said Sisodia.
“I have written to him (Shah) saying that this (demolition drive) should be stopped. If bulldozers are to be used, they should be used to demolish the houses of those BJP leaders and civic body representatives who took bribes to allow such structures to be constructed,” said Sisodia.
In letter, Sisodia said there are 1,750 unauthorised colonies where nearly 50 lakh people live and 860 slum clusters which are home to around 10 lakh people. “In Delhi, the BJP has a plan to run bulldozers on these colonies. Every day, some BJP leader reaches a colony with a bulldozer," Sisodia said in letter written in Hindi.
“Apart from this, three lakh people residing in unauthorised and DDA colonies have been given notices for making alterations like extending their balcony or covering it. In reality, there is no house in Delhi where alterations have not been carried out," he added.