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EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY: Madan Lal Khurana, Uma Bharti and their supporters courting arrest against the sealing of shops by MCD, in New Delhi on Saturday . -- Photo: V. Sudershan
EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY: Madan Lal Khurana, Uma Bharti and their supporters courting arrest against the sealing of shops by MCD, in New Delhi on Saturday . -- Photo: V. Sudershan

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Demand PM's intervention in the matter, an Ordinance to end the uncertainty of traders

NEW DELHI: Intensifying his tirade against senior BJP leaders, former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana on Saturday charged that the party had been turned into a private limited company and he did not feel like working under the present leadership who were not committed to the cause of the people. The suspended BJP leader along with expelled leader Uma Bharti courted arrest at Jantar Mantar in protest against the ongoing sealing drive against commercial premises in the Capital's residential areas.

Leading the agitation under the banner of Delhi Bachao Morcha, Mr. Khurana said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should intervene in the matter immediately and issue an Ordinance to put an end to uncertainty facing lakhs of families across the Capital.

Both Mr. Khurana and Ms. Uma Bharti were stopped when they tried to march with the activists to the Prime Minister's residence to present a memorandum to him on the issue. They sought an immediate halt to the current demolition and sealing drive in the Capital. Mr. Khurana also demanded that Delhi be granted full Statehood so that it could solve all its problems without having to look towards the Union Government.

The memorandum also called for strict action against big builders who had colluded with corrupt officials in the construction of unauthorised buildings. Earlier, addressing the activists of the Morcha, Ms. Bharti alleged that multinational companies were behind the current drive to demolish unauthorised units and to seal shops in residential areas. "On the one hand small shops were being sealed and dwellings of common people being razed, on the other the Government is turning a blind eye to the illegal construction of shopping malls in unauthorised areas of Delhi," she said.

"As part of their grand design they are first striking at businesses in Delhi, as it is the heart of India," she charged. She added that if an Ordinance could be brought for regularising unauthorised constructions in Ulhasnagar, why couldn't the same thing be done in Delhi.

"It is a matter of shame that common people, small traders and their families are being divested of their sources of livelihood for the sake of beautification of Delhi."

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