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Posted at: Jan 2, 2016, 1:20 AM; last updated: Jan 2, 2016, 1:20 AM (IST)

AAP leaders cling to trees to oppose smart city project

Upadhyay writes to Prime Minister on the issue

  • State Congress president Kishore Upadhyay has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to define the concept of smart city. In his New Year greeting letter to the Prime Minister, Upadhyay said an environment of confusion had been created due to lack of clarity on the smart city projects. He added it was important for the Prime Minister to define his pet smart city project.
  • He reminded the Prime Minister that the BJP had a tradition of using words such as “India shining” in the past which was rejected by the people. He said a smart city was another such word in BJP’s vocabulary. The Prime Minister had travelled across the globe and thus it was important for him to at least explain his smart city concept, he added.
  • Upadhyay said inflation was at an all-time high level under the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. The BJP had failed to deliver on its pre-poll promises of good days for people.

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, January 1

Taking a cue from Garhwal’s famous Chipko movement, Aam Aadmi Party workers, along with tea garden employees ,clinged to tea garden trees to express opposition to the acquisition of tea estate for the smart city project here today.

Led by senior AAP leader Anoop Nautiyal, the protesters reached the Harbanswala tea garden and clinged to the trees in the garden area. They also raised slogans against the state and Central governments on the proposed smart city project.

Addressing the gathering, Nautiyal said AAP would continue to protest and oppose corruption in the name of the smart city project. He added both BJP and Congress were hand in glove in the name of the smart city project.

The AAP workers also held a protest rally in the area. Omkar Bhatia, Uma Sisodia, Abhishek Bahuguna and Kamal Devrari were prominent among those who took part in the Chipko protest.

CPM to launch postcard campaign

Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists have decided to send postcards, signed by nearly 5,000 displaced villagers, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to register their protest against the proposed smart city project on the tea estate land in the city. They said the state government should take effective steps to revive tea estates here.

Former zila panchayat member Shivprasad Devli said CPM activists had registered protests on many occasions against the proposed smart city project. He said the smart city project would adversely affect the environment as hundreds of trees would be chopped off for it.

The activists claimed hundreds of unemployed youths would get employment, if the state government chalks-out effective plans to revive tea gardens in the city.

The activists claimed residents were unhappy with a memorandum signed by the state government for the smart city project, without taking them into confidence. Rajendra Purohit, Veerandra Purohit, Indu Naudiyal, Lekhraj, Anant Akash and others attended the meeting.

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