Shashi Tharoor calls demolition campaign in Jahangirpuri ‘a new technique of intimidation’
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the demolition campaign in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area was “illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional”, and called it a “new technique of intimidation” which could harm the public. image of the country. Speaking to ANI, Tharoor said: “The Supreme Court has issued an order that the status quo should be maintained and the demolition should not take place, but four hours after this order was issued, the demolitions continued. It is illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional because no notice was given to the victims.”
“India’s image is deteriorating worldwide. Everything I hear from my friends abroad is profoundly negative. We are identified with the persecution of minorities and Islamophobia. At some point , we were respected for our democracy and our diversity… The BJP is responsible,” Shashi Tharoor said. Tharoor called the demolition a “criminal act” and said the move was an attack on the values of the Constitution.
“Houses and shops have been destroyed, it is an absolutely criminal act for which serious measures must be taken. It is a new technique of intimidation which will burn our country. It is an attack on the values of the Constitution of India,” he said. mentioned. Tharoor noted that the demolition of houses is a “very inhumane public punishment”.
“Investigate properly, find out who is responsible, take them to court, give them notices. If the final punishment is decided to be demolition, which is a very inhumane public punishment, then at least there are notices appropriate so that people can make arrangements,” he said. Tharoor mocked the Center and said the government’s job is to “build a nation, not bulldoze it”.
“The government that is elected to build has instead chosen to destroy. A government’s job is to build the nation, not to bulldoze it. This government has lost the trust of many of its citizens by this shameful conduct,” he said. Previously, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, had planned an “Encroachment Suppression Action Program”, in which illegal construction in the Jahangirpuri area was to be suppressed.
Later, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Registry to communicate the standstill order to the Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Commissioner of North DMC and Commissioner of Delhi Police and halted the demolition campaign. Earlier, an altercation between two groups broke out during a religious procession in Jahangirpuri in Delhi on April 16 which left nine injured, including eight police officers and a civilian. (ANI)
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