MCD drive Khurana threatens fast-unto-death, courts arrest

Published: Friday, March 31, 2006, 15:05 [IST]
 

New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) Suspended senior BJP leader and Delhi stalwart Madan Lal Khurana today threatened to go on a 'fast-unto-death' before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence if the Centre failed to bring in a legislation to stop the MCD drive against unauthorised shops in the Capital.

Mr Khurana who earlier courted arrest along with several supporters when they tried to seal the Rajouri Garden MCD Zonal Office, said Delhi was like a temple and he could not see it being ruined in this manner. The drive against hapless shopkeepers and poor residents was remin scent of the conditions prevailing in 1947 in Delhi at the time of partition, he said.

Mr Khurana, who was spearheading a "Delhi Bachao" campaign, asserted that he would go to any extent, and not hestitate to sacrifice his remaining life for Delhi and its people. He said he would begin a fortnight "Jan Jagran" (Awareness) campaign against the MCD drive and if the Centre did not do anything to stop demolition and sealing of shops he would launch an indefinite fast at the Prime Minister's residence.

The former Delhi chief minister said that if the Maharashtra government could issue a ordinance to stop demolitions in Ulhasnagar, why the Union Government could not do so for Delhi. In both the cases the drives were launched at the behest of the court orders.

Those who courted arrested arrest included former Delhi ministers Harsharan Singh Balli, Jagdish Mukhi, Subhash Arya and Subhash Sachdeva, MLA.

Mr Khurana claimed that about 1,500 shopkeepers and others had gheraoed the MCD office at Rajouri Garden to protest against the sealing of shops and other demolitions being carried out by the MCD on Delhi High court orders. All of them were however were let off by the police later.

Mr Balli said he would led a procession to the residence of the Judges, who had ordered sealings of the shops, and gherao them there. The Delhi Bachao Forum launched by him had also called a two-day bandh on Monday and Tuesday to protest against sealings of shops, he added.

Tomorrow they would break the sealings of the shops at Sadar Bazar's Baratooti area, he said.

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