AAP govt de­layed reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of il­le­gal colonies, did noth­ing: BJP

‘Modi Did The Work, AAP Tak­ing Credit’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Thurs­day ac­cused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment of de­lay­ing the process of reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of unau­tho­rized colonies in the cap­i­tal. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han said the Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment “mis­led” lakhs of peo­ple liv­ing in unau­tho­rized colonies, “be­trayed” their trust and failed to pro­vide any re­lief in al­most five years of AAP’s rule in the city.

“Ac­cord­ing to the 2008 guide­lines, the AAP gov­ern­ment was sup­posed to do four things to reg­u­lar­ize th­ese colonies: de­lin­eate or ver­ify the bound­aries, con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee for con­fer­ring the ti­tle of land within two months of com­ing to power, de­ter­mine the charges or fee for reg­u­lar­iza­tion and su­per­vise the over­all process. None of th­ese has been done by the Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment till date,” said Vard­han.

He also blamed Congress, which was in power for 15 years till 2013, for “be­ly­ing the trust and faith of the poor” by show­ing them a “lol­lipop” each time be­fore the elec­tions but never ful­fill­ing the prom­ise of reg­u­lar­iza­tion.

It was the first BJP press con­fer­ence post-Lok Sabha elec­tions in May this year that was at­tended by all seven Lok Sabha MPs and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Vi­jay Goel. Apart from try­ing to cor­ner the rul­ing AAP in Delhi, which has made sev­eral an­nounce­ments in the past few weeks, it was a cal­cu­lated at­tempt by BJP, which has been fac­ing crit­i­cism for fac­tion­al­ism in the Delhi unit, to put up a united face ahead of the assem­bly polls.

The is­sue of reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of unau­tho­rised colonies has been a ma­jor poll plank in Delhi. In the re­cent Lok Sabha polls, the AAP gov­ern­ment had al­leged that the BJP had “planned to de­mol­ish” th­ese set­tle­ments.

Vard­han said the Modi gov­ern­ment had started work for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of unau­tho­rised colonies in 2014 and had writ­ten two let­ters in 2016 to the AAP gov­ern­ment for cer­tain clar­i­fi­ca­tions. No replies were re­ceived. He added that AAP had in its manifesto of the 2015 Delhi assem­bly polls promised to reg­u­larise th­ese colonies within one year of com­ing to power but did noth­ing.

“The Congress gov­ern­ment had in 2008 given pro­vi­sional reg­u­lar­iza­tion cer­tifi­cates to 1218 colonies, which in­cluded 312 set­tle­ments built on gov­ern­ment land. The AAP gov­ern­ment could have at least reg­u­lar­ized those colonies,” said Vard­han.

“The Delhi gov­ern­ment did not fi­nalise the bound­aries of the unau­tho­rised colonies and kept on seeking extension after extension. In 2017, an extension was sought till 2019, and now again a fur­ther extension of two years has been sought. As per Delhi gov­ern­ment’s own sub­mis­sion, de­lin­eation can­not be com­pleted till De­cem­ber 2021,” said the BJP MP from Chandni Chowk.

The Union min­is­ter also al­leged that chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal in July this year “took credit” for the work done by the Cen­tre by say­ing that the res­i­dents of unau­tho­rised colonies in Delhi will soon have own­er­ship rights of their prop­er­ties and as­serted that the Cen­tre had agreed to its pro­posal on reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion. “It was the cen­tral gov­ern­ment which formed the com­mit­tee to rec­om­mend the way for­ward for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion. The AAP gov­ern­ment founded on lies will be brought to an end by the peo­ple in the assem­bly polls,” he said.

TOI

The con­fer­ence was at­tended by all seven Lok Sabha MPs, in­clud­ing Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han, and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Vi­jay Goel

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