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Sajjan Kumar wants DDA notice withdrawn

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NEW DELHI, APRIL 24. The Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha from Outer Delhi, Sajjan Kumar, today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central Government of trying to terrorise the residents of unauthorised colonies at Bawana in North-West Delhi by getting the Delhi Development Authority to serve on them land acquisition notices. He has also written to Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor, Vijai Kapoor, seeking withdrawal of all such notices with immediate effect.

On the other hand, the Union Labour Minister, Sahib Singh Verma, also met Mr. Kapoor and blamed the Congress Government in Delhi for trying to harass the poor residents of Bawana by having land eviction notices served on them. He urged Mr. Kapoor to intervene in the matter and direct the Delhi Government to take back these notices so that the people living in these colonies are not uprooted.

In a letter written to Mr. Kapoor, the Congress leader said his party would not allow the land of these unauthorised colonies to be acquired and the notification issued by the DDA would have to be taken back. He charged the Central Government and the DDA of working under pressure from the BJP leaders to pressurise the residents of these colonies. He warned that in case the notification was not rescinded, he would be forced to launch an agitation and even go on a hunger strike.

Mr. Kumar said the colonies served with such notices were duly included in the list of 1,071 unauthorised colonies sent to the Central Government by the Sheila Dikshit Government. The various civic agencies have already served no objection certificates for installation of water and power connections in these colonies and the move to serve notices on them was politically motivated. Mr. Kumar also produced a copy of the decision taken by the Delhi Government in 1986 that the built up areas would be exempt from land acquisition. Therefore, there is no justification in sending such acquisition notices for these built up houses that were constructed decades ago. He said people of such colonies were very upset with the notices of acquisition.

He said instead of taking care of the poor sections of society, the BJP leaders were indulging in such petty tactics to enlist the support of these sections.

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