As the capital waits for an elected government, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday held a public meeting of auto-rickshaw drivers at Ramlila Ground in an attempt to garner support for the party. Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured the gathering that their grievances would be taken care of once the AAP forms the government in Delhi again.
In an effort to woo support among auto-rickshaw drivers, Kejriwal spoke about the measures that his 49-day government had taken in Delhi.
“No party had raised the problems faced by auto-rickshaw drivers except the AAP. In March last year, we held a rally of auto-rickshaw drivers. But people had warned us about supporting you. They said that no one holds you in high regard. We were told that our votes will suffer. After the AAP raised your issues, the BJP and the Congress realised that there was a votebank here. They are trying to lure you,” Kejriwal said.
The AAP chief also announced plans of forming a separate organisation of auto-rickshaw drivers.
“We will try to set up a big association of auto-rickshaw drivers. In case any driver requires legal help, we will provide it to them for free,” he said.
The AAP also announced that they would seek appointments with the Lt-Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to discuss problems faced by auto-rickshaw drivers.
“We will try meeting the L-G and the Delhi Police Commissioner in the next two-four days on your issues. We will appeal to them that you should be allowed to put up posters on your auto-rickshaws… when you are going home at night or in the afternoon,” Kejriwal said.