Akali Dal accuses MDA Govt of trying to communalise Sweeper lane’s issue for election

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Shiromani Akali Dal Leader and president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Sardar Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Thursday accused the Meghalaya government of communalising the situation, even as he asserted that the order of the state government to relocate the residents of the Sweeper’s Colony at Them Iew Mawlong was done with a preconceived mind as the state government wanted to evict the residence.

After the meeting with Meghalaya Governor Satyapal Mallik on Thursday, Sirsa said, “This (decision) is totally arbitrary, because they have made up their mind, this order is with a preconceived mind because they want them to evict

The Akali Dal leader further pointed out that the high-level committee had gone beyond its jurisdiction, even as he accused the state government of trying to communalize the situation for the purpose of the election.

“What I feel is that they want to communalise the situation,  for the purpose of election is doing this and I humbly request the chief Minister of the state that being a chief Minister you are duty bound to save the minorities and majorities. When it comes to minorities, they might have 400 votes, but as a chief Minister you are constitutionally bound to protect them, ” the Akali Dal Leader said.

He also informed that they are ready to fight any legal battle to protect the rights of people living there for decades.

While assuring the residence of Harijan Colony, he said, “…we assure our people also that nothing on this earth can evict them forcefully, because there is a stated law in this country and we will follow a law and I think the Government should also follow this law and there is no reason why the state Government should forcefully evict them.”

The Akali Dal leader is also expected to hold talks with the Chief Minister and others about the Harijan colony issue.

Earlier, the Meghalaya government decided to take possession of the land at Harijan Colony soon after following due procedures’, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said whatever steps that the state government is going to take with regard to the relocation of the Sweeper’s Colony from Them Iew Mawlong will be legally sound.

Chief Minister Sangma also said that there were three main recommendations that came in which were regarding the ownership of the land at Them Iew Mawlong, the shifting of the employees of the SMB, other departments, and the relocation of “illegal settlers”.

On the recommendation related to ownership of land, Sangma said that the process of signing an agreement and taking possession of the land by the state government and the SMB from the Syiem of Hima Mylliem has already started.

“A tripartite agreement (between the Syiem of Hima Mylliem, Urban Affairs and the SMB) has been signed and the final procedure to actually take over the possession of the entire land is in process and it should be completed within a week’s time,” he said.

The High Level Committee (HLC) headed by the Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has recommended the state government to shift the employees of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and other departments from the Sweeper’s Colony at Them Iew Mawlong.

The Urban Affairs department has been asked to find locations for relocation of “illegal settlers” as per a report of the HLC, which was placed before the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma here on Thursday.

The report of the committee was submitted to the government on September 28.