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Anna Hazare supports Mumbai slum dwellers stir
The land grabs and scams clearly indicate that builder-politician nexus needs to be challenged and people's movement is the only way. The next move of the movement against corruption, Anna Hazare said, would be to take up the land issues.

THE CONTINUING struggle of Mumbai’s slum dwellers and those affected by corruption in Slum Rehabilitation and Re-development, at Azad Maidan, Mumbai, entered a new phase with the visit of Anna Hazare.

Hazare visited Azad Maidan and expressed his support for the struggle for the right to shelter. In a democratic republic with the Constitution written in the name of the people, no Government has any right to evict people in a brutal manner, and make them homeless, he said, calling halt to the atrocities.

The land grab and land scam clearly indicative of the builder-politician nexus needs to be challenged and people’s movement is the only way. The next move of the movement of against corruption, he said, would take up the land issue, for sure, whether urban or rural land.

Shri. Abu Azmi, MLA from Mankhurd, also visted Azad Maidan, where he was questioned by the people in his constituency as well as others. He was reminded of his promises before elections and at times heckled too, ultimately he agreed to take people’s side and be with the delegation in Mantralaya on January 10.

The GBGB Andolan received the minutes with decision by the Chief Minister and the Mantralaya. The agitators have sent reply demanding certain clarifications and suggestions. They said that they can accept enquiry into the first group and 6 SRA projects under the leadership of Principle Secretary, Housing, however, they said they need a written assurance of no eviction till enquiry reports are out.

They insisted that their representatives should be part of the enquiry process and they also need a clear guarantee through state’s recommendation pushing RAY and Mandala pilot project. Members of the Andolan wanted an assurance that slums will be declared within a month and all basic amenities will be provided, as per Slum Act, both from the Municipal Corporation and Principle Secretary Housing.

RAY, they were are told, can start without pilot and funds can come to the State by March 2013 but we need a guaranteed written assurance in this regard. They said that the struggle continues and expects further clarifications and guarantees on each issue from the Chief Minister, ttate and MCGB.

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