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HARYANA BJP scraps plan to build office in Silokhra village

August 09, 2018 05:51 AM


Dhananjay Jha
BJP scraps plan to build office in Silokhra village
GURUGRAM:THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written to the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), formerly Huda, seeking allotment of an alternative site for building a party office, which was earlier slotted to be built on a 1-acre plot in Silokhra village in Sector 41. In his letter, the BJP district president asked for the site to be changed so the office can be built unhindered.

BJP district president Bhupinder Chauhan said, “The BJP does not work against public sentiments. We have written to the HSVP that since residents of the village are not happy, our party respects their verdict and has thus decided to change the office site. We have sought alternative site from the HSVP.”

Though the development authority is yet to confirm having received the letter, the request effectively ends the indefinite strike the residents started last month.

HSVP administrator Chander Shekhar Khare said, “I have not seen the letter and will not make any statement in this regard.”

Residents have been demanding that the 1-acre land, sold to the BJP for ₹10.2 crore in October 2016, should be used to build community centre, school, hospital and other common facilities for villagers.

Residents have been alleging that the Huda had acquired 20 acres of common land from the village in 2011-12, but instead of developing it for the people they had sold it to the BJP.

Since the start of the sit-in last

month, the protest had acquired a political flavour as leaders from Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), among other parties, had started backing these demands.

Residents, however, said they will not end their strike till they get an official letter.

“We have not received any official confirmation from the administration, which played crucial role in starting construction of the BJP office building. We have only read media reports about BJP’S letter to Huda seeking alternative site. This is a

political twist to divert media attention from our demands. We will not call off our strike till administration breaks silence in this regard,” Mukesh Sharma, a resident of the village, said.

Anil Singh, another resident, said, “The 12-acre land used to be a grazing field, as per revenue record of 1956. It cannot be used for any purpose other than grazing cattle. We gave a proposal to the Haryana government. Even if the BJP has withdrawn its plan, we will continue to protest that the 12 acres be used only for the village.

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