Manoj Tiwari comes forward in support of Street Vendors in wake of ongoing anti-encroachment drive

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New Delhi: In wake of the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the national capital, the Delhi BJP is trying to make inroads into one of AAPs major vote bank. While street vendors in the city are protesting against the eviction, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari conducted a press conference along with the street vendors.

In the press conference he attacked AAP party, alleging them for making fool of street vendors and keeping them deprived of their rights.

Tiwari said “BJP will offer all support to the vendors so that they are not deprived of their livelihood. As per the supreme court order, street vendors should not be removed from their places until they are not allocated a new place.”

Further he added “L.G of Delhi has already approved changes in the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, but sill town vending committees have not been formed completely. The delay in setting of these committees has been affecting the vendors. We will take all steps to ensure licence to them so that they cannot be evicted from their place, Tiwari said.

The street vendor, sitting along with Manoj Tiwari on the dice, applauded Manoj Tiwari and said “AAP party is trying to make us fool, but now we are aware of their agenda. Till now, 28 vending committees were to be formed but only 25 are formed. This delay shows that the government is not concerned about our demands.

There are nearly 1.4 lakh street vendors in Delhi, 1.35 lakh in MCD areas, and nearly 4,400 in New Delhi Municipal Council area. In the 2013 and 2015 assembly polls, these street vendors had voted for the AAP, and the party, after forming government, had also promised them protection from being removed from their places.

Vendors have alleged that hundreds of them are being forcibly removed in anti-encroachment drive.

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