Lekhi takes dig at AAP over demolition directives

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015,20:55 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Taking a dig at the AAP government’s  decision to ban demolitions in Delhi in its first order, BJP MP  Meenakshi Lekhi today said the party should do their homework  before issuing directives for appearances sake, instead of merely moving on the coattails of policies passed by the Centre.
It will take more than eyewash and a ruse to grab media headlines to resolve these problems, especially since these are not problems that can be resolved in less than 49 days, the BJP MP from New Delhi said in a statement.    During his first tenure as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had resigned from his post after being in power just for 49 days over anti-graft watchdog Lokpal issue.    In their hurry to appear as keepers of poll-promises, they are delving into the realm of ‘eyewash politics’, Ms Lekhi commented.
She said demolition drives in the national capital have been stopped by statute, not merely the AAP’s directive. On its first day, the newly formed AAP government ‘directed’ that no more demolition drives of slums and residences would be conducted in Delhi.
As a lawyer and a Parliamentarian, this ‘directive’ confounds me. Nearly two months ago, in December 2014, the Centre had introduced the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 to protect millions of lives who would have been left bereft had demolitions of unauthorised colonies been carried out, the BJP spokesperson said.
Ms Lekhi said while speaking on this in Parliament, she had pointed out the need to extend the provisions of the Act to all constructions up to June 2014 so that action is taken only after due consideration of policies and legislations.
Understanding the importance and urgency of the situation, the Bill was carried and passed in both Houses.
Put simply, the Centre had already statutorily granted unauthorised colonies protection from demolition since December 2014 – which the Delhi Government has now so glamorously ‘directed’.
In this show of political brandishing, instructions were also sent out to organisations such as the NDMC and MCD, without having acquired the necessary information that these organisations have been on standby in respect of law passed by Parliament, Ms Lekhi added.
Lashing out at the Arvind Kejriwal government she said it would seem that the new AAP government was not only selling  old wine in new bottles but was now resorting to selling  old wine in even older bottles.
The BJP MP said within weeks of the discussion in Parliament in December, the process of regularisation of 1939 colonies was also passed by the Union Cabinet on December 29, and has now directed the DDA for further action.