Staff Reporter

"To protest against chaos created by sealing and demolition drives in the Capital"

NEW DELHI: Former Delhi Chief Minister and expelled Bharatiya Janata Partry (BJP) leader Madan Lal Khurana on Wednesday announced that he would undertake a 15-day "Dilli Bachao Sangarsh Yatra" in protest against the sealing and demolition drives that had created chaos in the Capital. The Yatra will begin at the Red Fort on September 1.

Mr. Khurana said that before setting out on the Yatra he would visit places of worship of all religions in and around Chandni Chowk. Besides visiting Gauri Shankar Mandir and Sri Lal Jain Mandir, he would also pay a visit to the Church, Gurdwara Sisganj and Fatehpuri Masjid.

The senior leader said these visits were not to prove his secular credentials but to seek blessings of all concerned. "I have been with everybody and I want the people to know that I am there to share and possibly solve their problems," he added.

During the Yatra, Mr. Khurana would begin his day around 9 a.m. and go to various places in the Capital where he would meet the residents and inquire about their problems. He would also interact with the media around 4 p.m. everyday. "I am only concentrating on Delhi and its problems. There will be no talk of politics either at the State level or at the Central level."

Mr. Khurana said Delhi was being destroyed by the wrong policies of the Congress and "negligence" on the part of the BJP. "The Centre and the State did not present the concerns of Delhi correctly in the court as a result of which it had to face the bulldozers. But the Government is only making statements," he said.

He demanded that sealing and demolition of properties be stopped till the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 was implemented.

Mr. Khurana said the Master Plan should have come at least a couple of years ago and implemented after making changes that would have benefited the citizens.

The former Chief Minister said had he not quit the post of Chief Minister at the behest of senior BJP leaders in mid-1990s, things would have been different.

"Had I been the Chief Minister for the full term, the Malhotra Committee recommendations would have been implemented and most of the current problems of the Capital would not have arisen."

Warning the Delhi Government that the current state of affairs in the Capital would lead to anarchy, Mr. Khurana lamented that there was no Opposition in the State and that Delhi had actually become leaderless.