AAP govt delayed regularisation of illegal colonies, did nothing: BJP
‘Modi Did The Work, AAP Taking Credit’
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.
The conference was attended by all seven Lok Sabha MPs, including Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel