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Khurana to launch anti-demolition drive in Delhi

The former Delhi CM has also requested the Prime Minister to regularise through an ordinance all buildings on MCD hit-list.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 17:19 IST

Days after his re-entry into the party national executive, BJP veteran Madan Lal Khurana on Friday vowed to take up an anti-demolition campaign in the city and demanded a Central ordinance to stop MCD bulldozers.

The former Delhi Chief Minister has also requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to regularise through an ordinance all buildings on MCD hit-list.

"I have written to the Prime Minister requesting him to bring in an ordinance -- like the one passed by Maharashtra government to regularise Ulhasnagar buildings -- to save Delhi from bulldozers," Khurana said.

In his letter, Khurana also requested the Prime Minister to confer the status of full statehood to Delhi at the earliest.

"During the NDA regime at the Centre, a Bill to this effect was to be placed in Parliament and the same was referred to the Select Committee. The Committee under the chairmanship of Pranab Mukherjee had recommended full statehood to Delhi, Khurana said adding, "after the change of power at the Centre, Congress has not paid attention in this regard."

"Due to the internal politics of Congress, the situation in Delhi is turning from bad to worse," he said.

Announcing that he would go to any extent to stop the MCD demolitions, Khurana said ex-minister of Delhi Harsharan Singh Balli would go on an indefinite hunger strike from February 7 against the Shiela Dikshit government.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 17:19 IST