Wednesday January 16, 2019

Mundka residents set to lose their 147-acre open space

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New Delhi: The Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s move to set up an industrial complex in Mundka has left the residents of the area fuming.

Aiming to promote greenery across the pollution-ravaged Delhi, social activist Diwan Singh is carrying out a protest movement against the Kejriwal government.  His protest began when the government initiated a move to set up a commercial complex on the only available space of 147-acre ground in Mundka.

Diwan Singh told the NewsGram that the ground is the only available space in the locality that houses around 8 lakh people. Children come here to play as there is no other ground nearby.  However, the Delhi government is going to create an industrial complex on the ground.

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Lack of playgrounds and open space have forced the children to play on the streets making them prone to accidents. Moreover, setting up industrial complex would also increase the pollution in the city.

Diwan Singh urged the Delhi government to set up a biodiversity park with a playground encircling it. The government must refrain from creating a situation when the children curse the people in future for destroying the environment.

The social activist is running a campaign called ‘Mundka Kiradi Harit Abhiyan’ through which he is educating people and spreading awareness about the need for a healthy environment.

Backed by a dynamic and motivated team, his move is supported by professionals from the locality. He has a team of young people among them are a teacher and other professional who are motivating the public of their locality. His team did a survey in which they found out that every family has, at least, one member suffering from some disease because of the polluted air of Delhi.

A survey by the team revealed that at least one person from each family in the locality was suffering due to adverse effects of pollution.

Diwan Singh revealed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s take on the matter had not only shocked him but also disheartened him. To Diwan Singh’s dismay Kejriwal focussed more on industrialisation rather than the future of the children.

 

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi call themselves Nagar Sevaks and Champions of Swaraj but fail to consult residents who want a playground and suggest space of industrial complex away from the residential homes.

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Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s Exit Raises Questions Over AAP’s Future in Punjab

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself

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File photo: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The recent exit of politically outspoken leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fold in Punjab, at a time when general elections are around the corner, has raised a question mark over the party’s political future in the state.

It is not that Khaira, who was elected on the AAP ticket in the February 2017 assembly polls, was indispensable for the party in Punjab.

His exit, however, has shown that the AAP central leadership in Delhi continues to be unaffected by the self-created crisis in the Punjab unit that began in August 2016.

Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP along with another legislator, Kanwar Sandhu, in November 2018 for “anti-party activities”, last week floated a new party – Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) – and has given enough indications of splitting the AAP down the middle.

Six AAP legislators in the state were present at the launch of the new party even though they did not share the stage with Khaira.

The AAP’s Punjab unit is in complete disarray – be it the leadership crisis, lack of political direction or agenda or the complete disillusionment of its cadre.

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Arvind Kejriwal.

It’s not the first time that the AAP central leadership has committed political harakiri with the Punjab unit. It has become clear now that the AAP central leadership, instead of letting the Punjab unit take on the ruling Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance, ends up shooting itself in the foot every time.

Khaira was earlier unceremoniously removed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) by the AAP central leadership in July 2018. He openly rebelled against the party high command by dissolving the the AAP’s Punjab organisational structure and seeking complete autonomy for the state unit.

The AAP ousted its then Punjab unit chief, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on flimsy bribery charges in August 2016, just months ahead of the assembly polls.

Chhotepur, who nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab, was shown the door after the emergence of a video clip in which an AAP worker was shown giving money to him. Even before this, Chhotepur was being sidelined in Punjab affairs with Delhi leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak calling all the shots.

As the Chhotepur episode unfolded, AAP leaders at the constituency and district level rebelled. Chhotepur, who accused the AAP central leadership of corruption in allotting tickets for various assembly seats, finally exited the party and formed a new political outfit – the Apna Punjab Party (APP) that has practically remained a non-starter.

The AAP appointed actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, with no political experience, as its state convener in place of Chhotepur. Ghuggi left the party on a sour note just months later.

Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, were suspended in August 2015 for questioning the AAP’s leadership style.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Flickr

Gandhi, a cardiologist and known social worker, is the MP from Patiala constituency, while Khalsa, a former diplomat, represents Fatehgarh Sahib in the Lok Sabha. Gandhi was also unceremoniously removed from the post of leader of AAP in the Lok Sabha.

The AAP, which was completely rejected elsewhere in the country in the April-May 2014 general elections, won four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab – Sangrur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib.

The AAP started the year 2016 on an upswing. Poll surveys and the party’s own political calculations gave it anything from 75 to over 100 seats in the 117-member assembly.

The party, however, finished second and managed to end up as the main opposition party with 20 legislators. One legislator, lawyer-activist H.S. Phoolka, resigned from the assembly seat recently and even quit the AAP.

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With Khaira’s exit, his status as a legislator and the future of the six legislators who seem to be in his camp, will be seen in the coming months.

The party, which is the newest entrant on Punjab political scene – dominated largely by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress over the decades – is facing as much a challenge from its implosion.

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself. (IANS)