Vote bank politics: ‘Raise Illegal Structures But Vote for Us’

SRINAGAR:  Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) was ‘forced’ to stop its demolition drive on Wednesday after an incumbent MLA from National Conference intervened and assured people that nobody will touch them provided they vote for the party.

CNS quoting eyewitnesses reported that the MLA appeared in Chinar Bagh Dalgate and soon after his address people complained to him that LAWDA has started demolishing their (illegal) structures and the department must be stopped from doing so. “Nobody will touch you, provided you vote for our candidate and party,” the MLA told people and soon after contacted a top official, directing him to stop the demolition drive forthwith. 

“As the people heard MLA sahib directing the official to stop demolition drive, they all raised high-pitched pro-MLA and pro-National Conference slogans,” eyewitnesses said adding that before leaving the venue, the MLA told people in lighter vein that how many of them captured this event in their cell phones to air it on social networking sites. 

Secretary LAWDA Syed Shabir Ahmed admitted that the demolition drive that was to take place on Wednesday could not take off. He cited the lack of security main reason for stopping the demolition drive.

Despite repeated attempts, Vice Chairman LAWDA, Latif-ul-Zaman Deva could not be contacted. 

Earlier Kashmir High Court had censured NC led government for failing to check illegal constructions in the prohibited zone.

HC early this month issued notice to the state government primarily to the Vice Chairman Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) asking it to file response to an application received by the Chief Justice M M Kumar on illegal and unabated constructions around Dal Lake.

A division bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice M M Kumar issued notice to the government asking it to verify the complaint and file response to the application by or before November 13.

On August 25, while pulling up the state government for delaying implementation of its orders on shifting of houseboats to Doldum area in Nishat, the High Court had asked the state government to implement its orders immediately.

The Court had censured the state government for not implementing its order dated May 19, 2013. By virtue of this order, the Court had directed the government to shift Houseboats to Doldum area of Nishat in accordance with a proposal mooted by LAWDA. --With inputs from CNS

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