New Delhi, Feb 12 (UNI) Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Jai Prakash Agarwal today said the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trying to mislead people on the issue of sealing and demolition drive as despite Union Urban Development Ministry's orders the MCD was not taking any interest in de-sealing of the premises.
Addressing a demonstration against the BJP at the Laxmi Nagar Chungi (Chowk) in East Delhi, Mr Agarwal said MCD's only aim was to act against the interests of the people, instead of protecting them.
''The MCD should have issued the necessary orders for desealing, after the Union Ministry's direction, that citizens could de-seal the sealed premises themselves and resume their functioning as before,''Mr Agarwal said while addressing demonstrators.
Over 5000 Congress workers and leaders from East Delhi raised slogans against the BJP like "bhrastachari BJP hai hai" (shame on the corrupt BJP), "thod-phod or sealing ki jimmedar BJP-ruled MCD" (BJP-ruled MCD responsible for sealing and demolition.
Besides Mr Jaiprakash Agarwal, others who addressed the demonstrators were East Delhi Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit, district president and MLA Amrish Gautam, Opposition Congress leader in the MCD Jai Kishan Sharma, DPCC general secretary and district in-charge Dr Naresh Kumar, MLAs Dr Narendra Nath, Naseeb Singh and Bhrampal and DPCC office-bearers.
Mr Agarwal said while on the one hand the BJP leadership was threatening to fill the jail on the sealing and demolition drive issue, on the other hand the ruling BJP in the MCD was taking no step to implement the order of the Union Urban Development Ministry to de-seal all the sealed properties.
He said the BJP was afraid to de-seal the sealed premises as it feared that the credit would go to the Congress for the Union Ministry's order. He said the BJP was only interested in cashing in on the miseries of the people with an eye on the vote bank.
Mr Agarwal said the people of Delhi would give a befitting reply to the BJP in the coming Assembly election for betraying their interest and the Congress which under the dynamic leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, would retain power in Delhi.
East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit said before the MCD elections, the BJP used to brag that it would not allow the sealing and demolition drive to carry on while after coming to power, it changed the tune, saying that the sealing and demolition drives were being carried out at the direction of the court, which showed how contradictory was their stance on this vital issue.
Mr Amrish Gautam, MLA said in every lane and bylane of Krishna Nagar, the effigies of the BJP would be burnt for its anti-people policies in the MCD, and the Congress would expose the corrupt face of the BJP among the people, for betraying their faith and confidence.
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