Delhi Congress ‘Nyay Yudh’ protests against “illegal” sealing under the leadership of president Ajay Maken, has understandably attracted a large number of people hailing from all sections. And now villagers have reportedly decided to join the agitation.

Nyay Yudh convener and ex-MLA Mukesh Sharma announced at a press conference here on Monday that the fourth phase of the agitation would be held at Rangpuri-Mahipalpur in the South Delhi parliamentary constituency on 23 September with a “mahapanchayat” to be presided over by an ex-MLA of the area Vijay Lochav.

The press conference was also addressed by Vijay Lochav and Congress leader Jagpravesh Kumar. Two district Congress presidents Rajesh Chauhan and Vishnu Aggarwal were also present.

Mounting a direct attack on the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party, Vijay Lochav said both parties had totally failed to provide relief from sealing to those living in villages and urbanised villages.

He said that following “anti-farmer and anti-labour policies, both BJP and AAP governments have deliberately not presented the true facts about villages before the Supreme Court. As a result, villagers are forced to face the consequences.”

Jagpravesh Kumar said the BJP and AAP were “antivillage”. He pointed out that despite the Congress government making provisions in the 2021 Master Plan to run household industries and shops, taking into consideration the increase in the population in villages, “illegal” sealing was being carried out with “mute approval” of AAP government and the BJP-ruled municipal corporations.

He said villages in Delhi with large populations and industrial units should be declared industrial areas on the basis of provisions listed in the Master Plan with immediate effect.

Mukesh Sharma said the “mahapanchayat” would be addressed by DPCC president Ajay Maken, veteran Congress leader and ex-MP Sajjan Kumar.