NEW DELHI: Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, pleading with him to stop the "damage" ensuing in the national capital as a result of the BJP-run municipal authorities' anti-encroachment push.
Sisodia criticised the BJP's "bulldozer politics," claiming that civic bodies are planning to demolish 63 lakh homes in the national capital in an online briefing. The Aam Aadmi Party will oppose the demolition campaign, and I have written to the Union Home Minister to request his involvement, he added, adding that they are willing to go to jail if necessary.
"I wrote to him (Shah) and requested that the demolition drive be halted. If bulldozers are to be employed, he says they should be used to demolish the homes of BJP politicians and city officials who took bribes to allow such constructions to be built.
According to Sisodia's letter, there are 1,750 unlawful colonies housing almost 50 lakh people and 860 slum clusters housing roughly 10 lakh people. "The BJP in Delhi is planning to bulldoze these colonies. Every day, a BJP politician reaches a colony with a bulldozer," Sisodia wrote in the Hindi letter. "Apart from that, three lakh people living in illegal and DDA colonies have received notifications to make changes such as extending or covering their balconies. In actuality, there isn't a single property in Delhi that hasn't been altered," he said. He further said that for the last 17 years, city councillors, officials, and mayors collected bribes to enable jhuggis and supply plots for illegal colonies.