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Congress leader undertakes relay hunger strike

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader and Kalkaji MLA Subhash Chopra on Saturday demanded that the Union Government come out with a comprehensive legislation to put an end to the present phase of sealing of commercial units in residential areas of the Capital. Mr. Chopra undertook a relay hunger strike in his constituency to express solidarity with the protesting traders and their families.

A large number of Congress MLAs also came out in support of Mr. Chopra and joined him in the symbolic hunger strike that has already left the Congress party in Delhi sharply divided. Former Delhi Minister Pervez Hashmi also joined Mr. Chopra during the fast. A large number of local residents and traders also turned up.

Mr. Chopra said his fast was not against any individual or the Union Government but aimed at countering the BJP propaganda and also to demand of the UPA Government to effectively represent the case in the Supreme Court.

The former DPCC president said their effort was aimed at seeking relief to the people of Delhi and put an end to the present phase of uncertainty.

Stating that it was time to rise above factionalism and fight for the rights of the people, Mr. Chopra added that everyone should join hands and raise the issue so that effective measures were put in place to end this current phase of uncertainty.

Mr. Hashmi said it was heartening to note that MLAs had joined the protest irrespective of their affiliations and said they would not hesitate to launch a similar protest in the interests of Delhiites if such an issue came up in future also.

The former Minister lambasted the propaganda launched by the BJP and termed their "jail bharo" movement as a farce. "They are shedding crocodile tears now but they failed to do anything concrete despite their Government being in power at the Centre for six years," he added.

Mr. Hashmi said they were looking forward to Monday when the Supreme Court is expected to decide on the petition of the Union Urban Development Ministry and then would decide their future course of action.

"There is no question of any confrontation with the judiciary but there is a need to take a humanitarian view of the whole situation," he stated.

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