Delhi demolition issue: Sheila Dikshit meets PM

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met the PM to discuss the situation arising out of the clean-up action.

delhi Updated: Jan 02, 2006 17:33 IST

Against the backdrop of the ongoing demolition drive in the capital, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the situation arising out of the clean-up action.

Dikshit called on Singh on Monday morning and is understood to have briefed him on the issue of unauthorised constructions in Delhi, also presenting her case amidst divisions in the local party unit in Delhi regarding the demolitions being undertaken by MCD following a High Court order, sources said.

The meeting came after two rounds of discussions held by a four-member high-level panel formed by the party to find a long-term solution to the problem, of which the Chief Minister is a constituent.

It also comes amidst sharp differences having emerged between Delhi Government and the party-ruled civic body on the issue of making public the list of 18,000 illegal properties that MCD has submitted to the High Court, which have been marked for demolition.

While Dikshit is for putting up the list on the MCD's website, the Congress councillors are opposed to the idea, saying it would lead to chaos and panic among the people.

"It will not lead to panic. On the contrary, by bringing in transparency, it will reduce chaos. If they can submit the list in the court, why can't they make it public?," Dikshit told reporters.

Hectic political activity has been on in the capital since the demolition drive was launched on December 17, with the Chief Minister holding meetings with Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy and Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the issue earlier.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 17:33 IST