In an attempt to underline the Centre’s “non-compliance with the Supreme Court order” in the drought relief case, farmers led by Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav Sunday measured the distance from the apex court complex to Krishi Bhavan.
“It has been 167 days, 4,000 hours, yet the Supreme Court order on drought relief has not reached Krishi Bhavan, only 2,810 meters away. Speed comes out to be 0.7 meters per hour or 1.12 cm per min,” said Yadav.
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Yadav and the demonstrators were detained by Delhi Police as they reached Bhagwan Das Road and were later released at Jantar Mantar. Calling the exercise #NiyatKiNipai (measurement of intent), Swaraj Abhiyan’s leaders said it was done “to question the government on why the Supreme Court’s historic order in the Swaraj Abhiyan Drought Relief case that upheld the right to receive relief as a constitutional guarantee has not yet been implemented”.
“We had planned to measure the intent of the government when it comes to ensuring relief for farmers but the police action has shown the real intent. Our team was able to measure the distance and it is astounding to see that a government which makes claims of ‘good governance’ is actually snail-paced,” said Yadav.
The Supreme Court had earlier asked Swaraj Abhiyan to file a contempt petition against the Centre and the next date of the hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Meanwhile, with the municipal elections scheduled next month, Swaraj India launched its ‘My Clean Delhi’ campaign at four places in Karawal Nagar, where the party’s volunteers joined local residents to clean the area.
“Delhi is sick and tired of the daily mud-slinging of the BJP and the AAP. Delhi needs a party that will work for the people with their heads down… If there are people in any locality, who have complaints regarding the garbage in their area, there shall be no further hold-up. With the participation of the people of Delhi, Swaraj India will clean Delhi. Now, MCD will cease to signify corrupt and dysfunctional. Now MCD means My Clean Delhi,” Yadav said.
Earlier, the AAP had also started its ‘Spot the Kachra’ campaign, attacking the BJP-led municipal corporations for their failure to keep the Capital clean and thereby free of vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.