Dec 09, 2023

Women from Delhi’s Shakur Basti share the fear of bulldozers with Rahul Gandhi

Sharing the video on Twitter, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh wrote, "Listen to Rahul Gandhi's conversation with these women. See the truth of ‘Amrit Kaal’."

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In the video, women from the area can be seen narrating their problems of not having proper access to water, toilets, and electricity with the Congress leader.

The women also informed Gandhi that they constantly live in fear of their houses being razed by bulldozers.

Besides the fear of bulldozers and no proper basic facilities in the area, the women also talked about how tough it is for them to run their houses due to price rises and they are even unable to buy or refill gas cylinders.

In the video, the Congress leader asked the group of women if the demolition drive issue from 2015 has now been resolved.

To his question, a woman told him that it has been halted for the time being, but they keep on getting notices.

Gandhi had visited the Shakur Basti area in 2015 during which he criticized the Central government and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government over the razing of a slum cluster by the Railways and had assured the homeless that he would fight for them.

The Congress leader also interacted with the children of the area and also spoke with a lawyer, who had followed up on the demolition case in the courts.

The lawyer informed the Congress leader that a PIL was filed in the name of Ajay Maken on Rahul Gandhi's instructions.

The PIL had led to a judgment that the residents would not be removed unless they are provided an alternative place to stay, the lawyer told Gandhi.

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