‘BJP ru­in­ing Delhi with seal­ing drive’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Sun­day blamed BJP for “de­stroy­ing” Delhi with the on­go­ing seal­ing drive. He was re­act­ing to a video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia in which Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari can be seen break­ing the lock of a house sealed by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

“They con­duct seal­ing drives in the morn­ing and break the lock in the evening. Do they think peo­ple are fools? Af­ter de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST, the seal­ing drive by BJP has de­stroyed Delhi,” Ke­jri­wal tweeted in Hindi.

Ti­wari, how­ever, said he was against any kind of “cor­rup­tion and pick-and-choose pol­icy” in seal­ing il­le­gal build­ings or com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments. “When I was in Gokulpur vil­lage in my con­stituency on Sun­day morn­ing, I was told by res­i­dents that some peo­ple, claim­ing to be from the SC-ap­pointed mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee, come and threaten to seal their build­ings if they are not paid. Res­i­dents also said 6070 of them had got seal­ing no­tice, while there are about 5,000 houses in that unau­tho­rised colony. One res­i­dent showed me his house that was sealed and sev­eral oth­ers with sim­i­lar con­struc­tion were not even touched. That’s why I broke the lock,” Ti­wari said.

The BJP chief said there were di­rec­tions from the court that no seal­ing ac­tiv­ity should take place in unau­tho­rised colonies. “The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner as well as the mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee should ex­plain why they had a pick-and­choose pol­icy to seal houses. The Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment should also ex­plain why the colony had not been reg­u­larised yet and why il­le­gal build­ings were com­ing up on gov­ern­ment land,” Ti­wari said.

Delhi Congress, which is run­ning a cam­paign against seal­ing called Nyay Yudh, said BJP was not se­ri­ous on the is­sue. “The seven BJP MPs should meet the ur­ban af­fairs min­is­ter and de­mand an or­di­nance against seal­ing from its gov­ern­ment or step down,” for­mer MLA and cam­paign con­vener Mukesh Sharma said.

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