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Arvind Kejriwal: Our work prompted BJP’s sudden love for illegal colony residents

Kejriwal said media reports quoting officials that 100 families living in unauthorised colonies will get ownership rights before the end of this year were an indication that the entire exercise would be nothing more than a photo op ahead of the elections.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2019 6:27:21 am
Arvind Kejriwal, Arvind Kejriwal on unauthorised colonies, delhi unauthorised colonies, bjp on unauthorised colonies, delhi assembly elections, delhi elections 2020 Kejriwal at Wednesday’s press conference. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The BJP’s “sudden love” for people living in unauthorised colonies ahead of the assembly polls has been triggered by development works in those settlements by the AAP government over the last five years, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Wednesday.

Kejriwal said media reports quoting officials that 100 families living in unauthorised colonies will get ownership rights before the end of this year were an indication that the entire exercise would be nothing more than a photo op ahead of the elections.

Releasing a set of data, Kejriwal said his government spent Rs 8,147 crore from

2015-19 in laying water and sewer lines and constructing roads in the city’s 1,797 unauthorised colonies — housing an estimated population of 40-50 lakh — as opposed to the expenditure of Rs 1,186 crore from 2009-14 under the Sheila Dikshit government.

“The sudden love of the BJP for these colonies raises serious doubts. The BJP has realised it is not in a position to enter these colonies to solicit votes. For the first time in 70 years, the discourse of an election campaign will be purely on development work,” Kejriwal said at a press conference.

On November 26, the Centre introduced a Bill in Lok Sabha to grant ownership rights to those who own properties in Delhi’s unauthorised colonies. The passage of the Bill will be followed by acceptance of applications for registration, and verification and issuance of conveyance deeds by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Work done under the AAP and Congress government’s in Delhi.

DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor had on November 25 said that by December-end, around 100 families will be given conveyance deeds, which are contracts recognised in the court of law, followed by registration by the revenue department of the Delhi government.

Kejriwal said it was a matter of satisfaction that the Centre has initiated the process of regularisation, “having sat on our Cabinet proposal dated November 12, 2015, for five years”, but the registration process should be extended to all families instead of a hundred-odd people.

“The news reports have triggered suspicion. Who are these 100 people? I demand that registry papers be given to all before polls. Otherwise this entire exercise will just be a photo op, like similar instances in the past when provisional registration certificates were given before elections. That’s what the Congress used to do.

“Once again, I want to tell people, don’t trust any promise unless you get the papers in hand. The Centre is delineating the boundaries of the colonies using satellite maps provided by us five years ago. Why did they reject these maps in 2015? Why did they insist on physical verification back then? It’s just that people have started asking why did they not lay pipes or build roads like we did, and they have nothing to show,” the Chief Minister said.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had last week announced that the process of regularising colonies will be completed within three months, with the DDA launching a portal enabling people to file applications for ownership rights on December 16.

“Why three months? The registration certificates should be given within three days of applications,” Kejriwal said Wednesday.

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