Vrindavan, 2017.08.10 (VT): A meeting of the Garib Ekta Dal (“The United Poor People’s Party”) was held at Bhakti Niketan on Saturday for those who have been made homeless by the administration’s current demolition campaign on the Yamuna floodplain, to express anger and to make their concerns known.
Those who have suddenly had their homes destroyed not only expressed their grief at the situation, but also demanded that the the state government replace the lost residences.
Sudhir Shukla said that the administration may be following the High Court order, but there had been no one to represent the interests of those who will suffer the most from the administration’s actions.
Swami Swatantratananda, the spiritual patron of the party, and Baba Madan Bihari Das said that it was wrong for the administration and the MVDA to permit construction between the Yamuna and the ghats, i.e., the Parikrama Marg. Land sales were registered, and millions of rupees were spent to have sewer lines installed, roads built and drinking water connections placed for the new colonies. After giving all these facilities it is certainly immoral to deprive these people of homes they had been duped into believing were legal, he said.
“The moral action on the part of the government is now to replace the homes that these people have lost so they can have the security of sleeping under a roof at night,” said Swami Swatantratananda.
Party president Vivek Mahajan and many other local activists including Abhay Vashishta, Praveen Agarwal and Devmurari Bapu, were present at the meeting.
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