Several commercial tenants were on Sunday detained as they staged a protest near the residence of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against “eviction” by their landlords and demanded Gujarat model of Rent Control Act in Delhi.
A small number of men and women Pagdi shopkeepers under the banner of Rajdhani Pagdi Kirayedar Sanghthan who had gone to hand over their memorandum to Jaitley at his Krishna Menon Marg residence were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station around noon.
The protesters failed to meet Jaitley who is accompanying an all-party delegation to Kashmir. Some members raised slogans and demanded Gujarat model of Rent Control Act. They also waved ‘rotis’, symbolising a threat to their livelihood. The protesters was then taken to the police station.
“We had gone to hand over our memorandum to Jaitley for urgent measures required to stop eviction of commercial tenants by landlords on grounds of false bonafide need under the Delhi Rent Control Act. We could not meet him and were detained,” said Rambhakt Aggarwal, convenor of Rajdhani Pagdi Kirayedar Sanghthan.
He claimed that if immediate action was not taken then it would affect the livelihood of around 30-40 lakh people of Delhi including Pagdi shopkeepers, suppliers, transporters, casual labourers and their family members.
“We demand an ordinance for immediately stopping evictions and implementation of Gujarat model of Rent Control Act,” he said.