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V P Singh, A B Bardhan, Raj Babbar demand end to sealing in Delhi

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 10 (UNI) Former Prime Minister V P Singh today lashed out at the Centre as well as the Delhi Government for its failure to prevent massive sealing and demolition in the capital which were badly affecting the poor and the middle class while sparing the 'big fish'.

Addressing a public rally organised in the capital to launch the 'Delhi Bachao Sangram', Mr Singh criticised the Centre for its failure to take remedial measures to prevent the ongoing sealing and demolitions.

''Barely a few months after the law to put a one year moratorium on sealing and demolitions was passed in Parliament, the bulldozers have started operating again under the guise of the Supreme Court order. What kind of a Government is this which cannot protect its laws from being struck down by the courts and ensure relief for its people,''Mr Singh said.

''The order of the Supreme Court has to be obeyed but at the same time it is the responsibility of the Government to utilise the power given to it by the people to save their houses and shops,''he said.

Speaking on the occasion, CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said the sealing and demolitions had led to a state of panic and unrest in Delhi.

''Houses and shops of the poor are being demolished while the houses of the rich and the swanky malls are being spared,''Mr Bardhan said.

He also criticised the Government for giving a free hand to the private power companies who were busy fleecing people by imposing them with inflated bills and fast running meters.

Demanding a complete review of the privatisation exercise, he said that not only a penalty be imposed on these companies for exploiting the consumers but their licenses should also be cancelled if they failed to address the concerns of consumers.

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