was not with them since morning, there was no need of him now. Gupta added that the BJP workers will manage the party on their own. An agitated Tandon argued that they had no idea about the efforts he had made.
A senior party leader said that when party leaders were being arrested, the party president was submitting a memorandum instead of extending his support. When the Prime Minister was in Chandigarh to handover keys of houses under rehabilitation scheme to beneficiaries, several BJP leaders were arrested, but no agitation was done by the party president.
The BJP president was absent from the scene when Dhawan held a protest with his supporters. Dhawan was arrested and sent to Burail Jail. As the demolition drive ended on Friday, orders for his release were issued. It is not the first time that there have been protests against Tandon. Earlier this year, party leaders and workers held a protest outside the BJP office against him. Several leaders were also issued showcause notices then.
Meanwhile, Tandon said, “Dharampal’s behaviour was obnoxious behaviour. He had no right to behave in this manner. He reacted without knowing anything. The party will take this issue seriously and the incident has been conveyed to senior party leaders.” He added that he met Dhawan a day earlier in jail and also had a word with officials for his release. It was already conveyed to him that Dhawan would be released on Friday.
‘It took me yrs to build that house, where do I go now?’
Sameedul, 85, built a hutment at Colony Number 5 some 30 years ago. Now, after three decades, she has nowhere to go. She along with hundred others have been left homeless after the demolition drive.
“Agar ek punya nahi kar sakte, to bura bhi mat karo mere saath,” (If you cannot help me during my difficult times, at least do not trouble me more) she said. “I earn a livlihood by selling cosmetics. My earning is Rs 20-30 per day. After my husband’s death it became very difficult for me to raise my children alone.”
“My entire life I faced a lot of difficulties, now I dont have the strength to fight anymore. It took me years to build that house and they demolished it in front of my eyes withing seconds. Where will I go now?” she said, adding, now I am forced to live on the