Chaityabhoomi politics hots up
Published: Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011, 1:12 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
As the Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Republican
Party of India (RPI) prepare for their joint rally, the Congress on
Tuesday played its Dalit card by demanding immediate transfer of Indu
Mills land for the expansion of Chaityabhoomi in Dadar.
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP leader Vinod Tawde declared that the
Mahamorcha on June 9 would be part of the ongoing movement against
corruption in the country. "Apart from the political equations, the
social equations in the state are also going to change as a result of
this rally. We will take anti-government slogans to each and every
village in the state. The people of the state are welcoming the
alliance, and we are sure that this is the beginning of the end of the
government," said Tawde.
The Congress then jumped into the fray by demanding the immediate
transfer of Indu mills land for Chaityabhoomi. Maharashtra Pradesh
Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre said that the MPCC
had raised the demand with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and that
"If needed, we will even approach prime minister Manmohan Singh. The
land is needed for beautification of Chaityabhoomi, as lakhs of people
visit the place. The Congress will follow up the issue till the goal
is achieved," said Thakre.
The issue of transfer of land has been pending for six to seven years.
The decision was approved in 2004. It was also decided four of the 12
acres will be acquired to build a national memorial of Dr Babasaheb
Ambedkar. Extra FSI will be given as compensation. Thakre, however,
did not say how much land will be acquired, saying that the
acquisition will be "as per the requirement".
In the wake of the RPI joining hands with the saffron alliance, the
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had raised a demand to rename Dadar
station as Chaityabhoomi. The Congress has now jumped into the fray.
"Till today, none of these parties ever bothered to pay attention to
our issues. The issue of Indu Mills land has been pending for many
years. The Congress has now suddenly woken up to the issue. This shows
they are scared of our alliance," said Arjun Dangle, RPI leader.
Meanwhile, at a press conference held in Mumbai , RPI leader Ramdas
Athavale said that industries minister Narayan Rane should leave the
Congress and rejoin the Shiv Sena as the Congress has refused to make
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