Queries have been received from the media on the statement issued by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUA) regarding the Anaj Mandi fire incident.

By Varun Bhardwaj:

New Delhi, December 9, 2019:Apart from other factual inaccuracies and motivated allegations in that statement, some references have been to the Delhi Urban Development Minister’s office with regards to the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 (MPD 2021) with special reference to the Redevelopment Plan for Special Area.

The Minister’s office has checked all records and states with full responsibility that the union ministry’s claim is false and misleading.

The elected government of Delhi has been kept out of the entire process of Master Plans by the DDA and other wings of the central government, citing that it has no say in the matter since Land is a Reserved Subject under the Constitution, meaning it is under the exclusive domain of the Central government like Police and Public Order.

The particular file which has been referred to by the Union Ministry was in the office of the Delhi Urban Development Minister Mr Satyendar Jain for less than 24 hours.

Official records show this file was received in the minister’s office on 26th August this year at 12:33 PM and the minister immediately cleared it, and it was despatched from his office at 11:56 AM the next day – 27th August.

The question which naturally arises is what was the need for the Union MoHUA to spread lies on this matter ?  MoHUA would have done well to have checked with the representatives of the Central government dealing with its various wings associated with the Delhi Administration as to where the file was ?

Which suggestion of the Delhi Urban Development Minister have the DDA or MCDs or MoHUA accepted on MPD till date ?

It is sad that the union ministry in a desperate bid to get some publicity has unsuccessfully tried to shift the onus on the Urban Development Minister of Delhi, in which actually the minister had no role or say.

In this case, all dates mentioned by the MoHUA are wrong and it should come out clean in the entire matter and should tell why did it choose to mislead the people of Delhi.

A tragic incident has been sought to be exploited for political reasons and it is unbecoming of a union ministry to become a part of this dangerous game.

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