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Delhi demolitions similar to partition: Khurana

He would go on a 7-day yatra to protest the demolitions and Uma Bharti would accompany him for the first two days.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 20:10 IST

Suspended BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana will embark upon a seven-day long

Sangharsh Yatra

along with expelled party leader Uma Bharti in Delhi on Saturday to protest the Delhi demolitions.

Khurana threatened to begin a fast unto death before the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the yatra if the Delhi government failed to bring an ordinance to stop the demolitions.

Khurana, who earlier in the day visited Ayodhya and paid obeisance at the makeshift Ram temple, said that Delhi was like a temple to him and he was deeply hurt by the demolition drive there which was similar to destruction during the partition in 1947.

As many as 35 lakh people were on the verge of unemployment owing to the demolition on the pretext of illegal construction, and its consequences could be dangerous if it was not stopped forthwith, he alleged.

The former Delhi Chief Minister said that during his tenure he had formed a committee headed by BJP leader VK Malhotra. "No action was taken on the recommendations of the committee. Otherwise, this situation would not have been there."

He alleged that no action was being taken against big land mafias while poor and innocent people were being harassed.

The yatra would begin from Sadar area and culminate at Chandni Chowk and Bharti would accompany him for the first two days, he said.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 20:10 IST