Delhi BJP chief wants CM to apologise for ‘spreading lies’ on unauthorised colonies

Urvi Bhatt
January 4, 2020 |
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New Delhi: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari wants the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to apologise for “spreading lies” and “misleading” people over registry of properties in unauthorised colonies. Tiwari said the registration of properties has begun in unauthorised colonies but the Kejriwal government is trying to ”obstruct” it and “mislead” people. “Kejriwal should apologise to people for spreading lies. We will take legal action against him if he does not apologise,” he said at a press conference.

As things heat up before the Delhi Assembly elections, Tiwari dared Arvind Kejriwal to stop the registry process in unauthorised colonies.
Kejriwal has no right to continue on the constitutional post held by him as he has ‘created hinderance’ in conferring property ownership rights to residents of unauthorised colonies, Tiwari alleged. ‘If BJP is conferring ownership rights to the people then why is Kejriwal disturbed?’ Tiwari asked.

CM Kejriwal misleading people of Delhi on unauthorised colonies, says Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari. Photo credit: The Hindu

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday handed over conveyance deeds and registry papers of houses to 20 residents of unauthorised colonies. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi had recently asked the residents of unauthorised colonies not to trust the BJP-led central government unless they get registry papers of their houses in their hands.

Till now, around 57,000 people have registered themselves with a portal of the Delhi Development Authority. Tiwari also attacked Kejriwal’s Deputy Manish Sisodia, accusing him of practising ‘dirty’ politics on the issue of unauthorised colonies. ‘I challenge Chief Minister Kejriwal and his ministers to stop the registration process if they can,’ he said. The AAP government did not do anything in the interest of the people but now that the Central Government is helping them in improving their living conditions, Kejriwal and his party is trying to ‘mislead’ the people, Tiwari alleged.

The Centre has launched the Pradhan Mantri Unauthorised Colonies Awas Yojna to grant ownership rights to people living in unauthorised colonies. Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal on Friday questioned the authenticity of property documents being given by Puri, saying how can the registries be made without regularising unauthorised colonies.

The documents were given to residents from unauthorised colonies in Raja Vihar and Suraj Park at a press conference, which was attended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and other senior officers.
Dubbing the Friday event as ‘ceremonial’, Puri said in the coming days, more residents of unauthorised colonies will be given conveyance deeds and registry papers.

The move to regularise such colonies is likely to benefit around 40 lakh residents who play a vital role in any election in the national capital. The announcement of the Delhi assembly elections is likely to be made in the next few days.

Asked whether the AAP government had been involved in the process, Puri, without taking any names, said, “I continue to be amazed at their capacity to derail matters.” The Union minister said people had been hearing about the regularisation of unauthorised colonies for a long time as previous governments did not fulfil their promises. But now, development will take place in these areas at a greater speed, he said.