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Khurana to visit Ayodhya on Friday before Yatra

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 5 (UNI) The suspended BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana today appealed to all parties to join hands against the ongoing demolition and sealing drive in the capital and asked Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to announce that she would resign if the Centre did not bring in an ordinance or a bill to stop it.

All political leaders irrespective of their political affilication must come together to save Delhi, he said.

"When I had been the chief minister in 1994-95, I had announced that I would resign if the Centre enacted the Delhi Rent Bill.

Similarly, Ms Dikshit should also pledge she would resign if she failed to stop the demolition and sealing drive in the capital," Mr Khurana told UNI.

Mr Khurana said he had forced the Centre not to enact the Delhi Rent Bill even after it was received President's assent in 1995.

He welcomed the demand by five Congress MPs of Delhi for the Ordinance and BJP's belated agitation against the demolition drive, saying he had been making this demand for the past three months when the MCD had launched it.

The former Delhi chief minister said he would be visiting Ayodhya on April 7 before embarking on a week-long Rathyatra from Saturday to mobilise people against the current demolition drive in the metropolis. "I am going to Ayodhya to take blessings from the Lord Ram for the success of "Save Delhi Sangarsh Yatra".

The expelled BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharati would also join him on the first two days of the campaign, he said.

Mr Khurana regretted that the previous NDA government had failed to implement the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee in regard to unauthorised construction and reallocation of industries.

Had these been implemented the present situation would not have arisen. The NDA's inaction was more painful as the Urban Development ministers during the Vajpayee regime belonged to the BJP, he added.


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