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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party workers on Saturday protested outside the Delhi BJP office over the order to demolish slums near Dhaula Kuan. The PWD issued a notice on December 29 asking the residents to vacate the land in 15 days.
"What is wrong with BJP? Why are they acting against the people of Delhi?" asked AAP MLA Somnath Bharti. He asserted that the party won't let any house get demolished. MLA Aadil Ahmad said that "it was in the BJP's manifesto that all slum dwellers will be given a house at the same place where slums are. But now, they are sending notices to demolish slums."
He added AAP's agitation against the demolition order will be taken to the streets near Parliament as well.
The city government has already directed PWD to immediately withdraw the order. The Delhi government's notice to PWD said that it was "inhuman" to demolish homes at the peak of winter and without making alternate arrangements for the residents.
"Demolishing the houses of the poor in the cold without providing any alternate housing is not acceptable under any circumstances. The Arvind Kejriwal government will never support a decision to render people homeless," said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the PWD portfolio.