CM, Maken exposed over regularisation of colonies: Vijay Goel

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New Delhi, Jan 13 (UNI) Former Union Minister and BJP All India Secretary Vijay Goel today led hundreds of people to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence demanding regularisation of 1500 unauthorised colonies and her resignation otherwise.

Speaking to UNI Mr Goel said, ''The seven member delegation led by me expressed anguish over the indifference to the pitiful conditions of 50 lakh residents waiting for regularisation of their colonies.'' He said during the meeting, the Chief Minister accused the Centre in general and Union Minister Ajay Maken in particlular of not showing concern at all. She allegedly said whatever Mr Maken had said over the matter was not true.'' Ajay Maken had reportedly described the Delhi Government as ''wrong-footed.'' Mr Goel said that the rift was a matter of concern in that the regularisation of colony might fall to the one-upmanship between Ms Dikshit and Mr Maken.

He claimed to have told Ms Dikshit that she had woken up to the matter too late. If she had taken up the matter nine years before, the regularisation would have been completed,'' he said.

Mr Goel said when he challenged the Chief Minister to visit the unauthorised colonies, she reportedly refused saying, ''I don't go where illegal activities occur.'' Taking strong exception to the description, Mr Goel said, ''How can the colonies be illegal. If the Government shirked its responsibility of providing the residents with houses, the people are compelled to build homes on their own. They had an inalienable right to it. It is preposterous even to call it illegal.'' Ms Dikshit's refusal was ostensible, Mr Goel said adding, ''The Chief Minister visits only posh colonies. She can't understand the problems of 'aam admi'.'' When the BJP leader called for regularisation of the colonies on the same conditions as in 1977 when 500 colonies were regularised at one stroke without warranting any layout plan or any papers, she refused saying it was impossible, he added.


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