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`NO SEALING': NCP Delhi unit chief Ramvir Singh Bidhuri leading a dharna against the sealing issue on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
`NO SEALING': NCP Delhi unit chief Ramvir Singh Bidhuri leading a dharna against the sealing issue on Thursday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Staff Reporter

NCP, Jan Morcha hold protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar

NEW DELHI: The Nationalist Congress Party and the Jan Morcha held a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday demanding an immediate end to the sealing drive in the Capital and introduction of necessary constitutional measures to save lakhs of people from being displaced.

Led by NCP Delhi unit president Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, the protesters from the two parties alleged that the Delhi Government had failed miserably to protect the interests of the people and also fulfil the promises made at the time of the Assembly polls in 2003. They demanded an end to the sealing drive and announcement of a relief package for the affected traders and lakhs of labourers who face displacement.

Mr. Bidhuri said no sealing should take place in the Capital and the people should be given relief even if it meant getting the nod of Parliament for such a package.

He was also critical of the Sheila Dikshit Government for having failed completely to address the problems faced by the farmers and people living in rural areas of the Capital. He said despite repeated promises, the Sheila Dikshit Government had failed to fulfil the demand to waive off House Tax and also extend the "Lal Dora" of the villages. He said keeping in mind the character of villages, all "abadi" outside the Lal Dora up to March 31, 2006, should be regularised.

He also demanded that all the 1500-odd unauthorised colonies in the Capital should be regularised as promised by the Congress party in its poll manifesto.

Mr. Bidhuri demanded that a concrete hawker and vendor rehabilitation policy be put in place immediately and special hawing zones be earmarked with construction of proper stalls for the hawkers and vendors to prevent their displacement in view of the Supreme Court directions on the issue. At the same time, he said all residents of slum clusters being displaced due to some reason or the other should be given alternative land before they are removed from their present situation.

Among those who addressed the rally were Jan Morcha Delhi unit president Manjit Singh, NCP national treasurer Vipin Malik, senior NCP leaders Sukhbir Panwar, Ravinder Kochar and Rajkumar Gujar.

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