The Aam Aadmi party which has been protesting on the streets of Delhi in support of its demands has brought the city’s traffic to halt. The party has received lot of flak for the manner in which it is running the government and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been termed as anarchist. However, the party remains adamant on its stand and would adopt similar strategy in Maharashtra if it comes to power in the state. AAP has always known for holding demonstrations on road for highlighting various issues which are affecting the citizens. When AV spoke to leaders of AAP party they were justifying the protests held by Kejriwal.
Speaking to AV, AAP leader Mayank Gandhi said, “Even former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dixit has been demanding that Delhi Police be brought under the control of state government since last 10 years. The Delhi police have failed to make arrests despite receiving instructions from Law Minister Somnath Bharti which forced Arvind Kejriwal and party workers to come on road and protest. Kejriwal was only acting on his manifesto of bringing Delhi Police under the purview of state government. He is not taken a wrong step. AAP activists from Maharashtra will continue to support him.”
When asked whether AAP will adopt dharna in Maharashtra like Delhi, Mayank replied, “AAP is known for supporting the common man. We will work for the rights of common man. If our government will come in Maharashtra state and centre will not listen to us then we will also protest against centre on Mumbai streets.”
Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP Maharashtra Secretary said, “Arvind Kejriwal is a honest politician hence he is holding demonstrations on road. Kejriwal is protesting as the Delhi police is not taking steps to provide security to the common man. Delhi residents are support Kejriwal as they are aware that he will bring a new revolution in the country. AAP activists from Maharashtra and other parts of India are supporting him.”
Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues on Monday started a dharna outside Rail Bhavan after they were prevented from reaching the Union Home Ministry office for a planned protest. The AAP party is demanding action against police officials who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution racket in South Delhi last week. Hundreds of slogan-shouting people tried to push through police barricades to join Mr Kejriwal’s protest. A policeman was injured in the intermittent clashes, which saw scuffles between cops and protesters and stone-pelting from both sides.