‘LAND JIHAD…’: Pushkar Dhami Talks Tough On Illegal Encroachment In Uttrakhand | India News

Uttrakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami today came up with a new term – Land Jihad – for alleged illegal encroachments for religious structures in border areas. The Chief Minister, who has ordered a massive drive for the removal of illegal structures, said that he will get not allow illegal structures to vitiate the atmosphere of the state.  

“Uttarakhand shares its borders with two countries (China and Nepal). A particular community had illegally encroached land and raised structures in the border areas of the state which are being removed as part of a drive,” Dhami said while addressing the concluding session of the two-day meeting of the Vishva Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Kendriya Margadarshak Mandal in Haridwar. “Illegal encroachments in the name of land jihad will not be allowed to vitiate the atmosphere in Uttarakhand”, Dhami said.

He said the state government has already appealed to encroachers to remove such structures on their own or the administration will demolish them. Last month, Dhami warned occupiers of illegally built mazars (tombs) to remove those on their own and reiterated that his government would not allow “land jihad” in the state.

Under a conspiracy, thousands of shrines have been built illegally on public and forest land without permission, he had said.

“Not a single illegally built religious structure will be allowed to remain standing in the state. All illegal structures will be completely demolished,” Dhami said on Friday.

He said Uttarakhand will be the first state to implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC). “The committee constituted to prepare a draft of the UCC has done 90 per cent of its job and will submit its report to the state government by June 30,” he said.

The UCC will be implemented after being examined, he said, adding that it will apply to people of all religions and communities. Uttarakhand’s UCC will become a model for the entire country, Dhami said.

The two-day meeting debated a range of issues including conversion, land jihad, same-sex marriages and live-in relationships. Dhami took the blessings of over 250 seers participating in the meeting.

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