New Delhi: A week after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and three of his ministers began a sit-in protest at the Lieutenant Governor’s Raj Niwas, the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday staged a protest march from Mandi House here to 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister’s residence.
The protest march, in which CPI(M) and Left workers also took part, saw the participation of over 45,000 people, claimed AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj.
However, AAP’s march ended at Parliament Street, about 3 km from the Prime Minister’s residence, after the police stopped them. The protest march began around 4.45pm and reached the Parliament Street police station around 6 pm when it was stopped at a barricade erected by the police.
The march concluded peacefully without any untoward incident amid the AAP workers and leaders lambasting Modi and Lt Governor Anil Baijal over a host of issues including the demand of full statehood for Delhi and condemnation of IAS officers’ “strike”.
Delhi police claimed that no permission was sought for the march and imposed prohibitory orders in residential areas. Five prime metro stations in the heart of Delhi were also closed in view of the protest march.
In a tweet during the march, Kejriwal said the people were feeling “hurt and humiliated” and asked Modi to allow the Delhi government to work.
Niti to Kejri: LG Baijal did not attend meet
- Kejriwal created a flutter when he said he had not ‘authorised’ LG Anil Baijal to attend the NITI Aayog meeting in his place after a report claimed the presence of the Constitutional head at the meeting.
- However, NITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant described the report as totally incorrect.
- He added, ‘Kejriwal was invited like all the other CMs. We repeatedly asked him to come to the meeting but there was no communication from his side.’
Congress slams Kejriwal’s dharna
- Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee accused Kejriwal of trying to convert the venue of his dharna at the Raj Bhavan into a place for ‘political hobnobbing’.
- Had the venue been different, perhaps there would be no need for ‘permission’. Rajbhavan is not the place for political hobnobbing,’ the Congress leader said in a tweet.
‘We raised Delhi crisis with PM, he didn’t say anything’
- West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not give any assurance when she, along with three other chief ministers, raised the political crisis in Delhi with him.
- Banerjee, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy met Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting and urged the Centre to resolve the issue.
- The Prime Minister did not say anything, but Rajnath Singh said that he would look into the matter,’ she said.
We are being victimised: Delhi’s IAS officers
The Delhi IAS association on Sunday asked the Kejriwal government not to use its officers for ‘political gains’ and rebutted the AAP’s claim that they were on strike.
At a press conference in New Delhi, representatives of the IAS AGMUT Association said they were being ‘targeted and victimised’.
Kejriwal then assured the IAS officers that he would ensure their safety saying they were part of his family.