The BJP top brass made its most significant foray so far into the Delhi Assembly poll battle, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday meeting a delegation of over 200 people at his residence, including RWA heads and people living in unauthorised colonies.
Calling it the ‘PM Uday Yojna’, Modi told the delegation that a law will be passed in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament to give ownership rights to people living in the capital’s illegal colonies. The PM’s remark comes after the Union Cabinet last month approved a proposal to grant ownership rights to people living in 1,797 unauthorised colonies — a move that is estimated to benefit 40 lakh people in the city.
Union Minister Hardeep Puri said he has held talks with the DDA vice-chairperson and the
L-G, and that the registration process will begin in two weeks.
Modi stressed that essence of the law will be based on principles of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, and also compared the uncertainty behind the illegal status of colonies to the uncertainty behind removal of Article 370 and Triple Talaq.
“The soul of the policy will be based on sabka saath, sabka vikaas. It’s not that one religion will get benefited, another will not; one colony that supports BJP will get the benefit and other will not. This policy will cover all people; even areas that would not have voted for BJP in the past several years,” he said.
He said a similar uncertainty used to exist in the minds of Muslim mothers and sisters over Triple Talaq, as they feared there was a sword hanging over their heads — that they could be evicted from home for something as simple as adding more salt in food.
“Similarly, people living in these colonies feared whether MCD officials will demolish their homes some day; their son feared what will happen if they build an additional floor. Ending all such uncertainty, the decision has been taken,” the PM said.
Delhi BJP’s media relations head Neelkant Bakshi said the delegation that called on the PM included Lok Sabha MPs Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri, Hans Raj Hans, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel and other senior party leaders. He said activists who have been demanding and fighting for regularisation of unauthorised colonies were also part of the team. “They had all gone to thank the PM for the decision,” he said.
Regularisation of unauthorised colonies has remained a major poll issue in Delhi for decades. The BJP and the AAP have been vying to take credit for giving ownership rights to the people living in these settlements, ahead of Assembly polls next year.