Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party today accused the BJP of being responsible for encroachments that were demolished in Jahangirpuri, northwest Delhi, an area under considerable tension since Saturday’s violence during a Hanuman Jayanti gathering.
Calling the demolition a “drama”, Deputy Chief Minister and top leader Manish Sisodia wondered when the BJP would use bulldozers on the “houses of leaders who have taken bribes for 15 years and allowed for these structures to appear”.
“Also demolish the houses of these leaders. The BJP should say when their houses will be razed,” he added, targeting the BJP, which has ruled Delhi’s civic bodies for more than a decade.
Nine bulldozers were put into operation by the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in Jahangirpuri around 10 a.m.
Shortly after, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, in response to an urgent petition, ordered a halt to shaving until tomorrow when the next hearing.
MCD officials in Jahangirpuri, however, insisted they had not received a copy of the order and razed not only several shops but also the gates and wall of a mosque which was at the center of the controversy at Saturday’s Hanuman Jayanti rally. .
After a two-hour standoff, CPM leader Brinda Karat was seen blocking a bulldozer and waving the copy of the court order.
The petitioner said that the use of bulldozers following communal clashes targeting a community is a worrying trend seen in states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
“The position of the AAP is that the BJP is responsible for the unrest in the country,” Mr. Sisodia said, “We must use bulldozers at the BJP headquarters to put an end to goondagardi (hooliganism).”
Wondering where the BJP was taking the country, he said today’s talk was not about health, education or IT, but “goondai (hooliganism)”.
Earlier, AAP MP Raghav Chadha accused Home Minister Amit Shah of “orchestrated” community riots. “The Home Secretary is orchestrating these riots himself. If you want to use the bulldozer, use it to demolish the home minister’s house. That’s how the rioting will stop,” said the head of the AAP in a video posted on its Twitter account.
On Tuesday, Delhi’s BJP leader Adesh Gupta had written to the NDMC mayor, asking him to identify the illegal ‘rioter’ buildings in Jahangirpuri and demolish them using bulldozers.
“Illegal constructions and encroachments of these rioters should be identified and demolished with bulldozers and strict measures should be taken against them at the earliest,” Delhi BJP chairman wrote to Mayor Raja Iqbal, the agency reported. release Press Trust of India.
Later, the civic body asked the Delhi police to deploy at least 400 personnel, to ensure law and order during the journey.