Police warn IAC against protest near PM house

Kiran Bedi disagrees with Kejriwal’s call to target BJP over coal blocks issue

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 26, 2012 12:45 am

Kiran Bedi disagrees with Kejriwal’s call to target BJP over coal blocks issue

Delhi Police on Saturday warned India Against Corruption (IAC) against surrounding the residences of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Sunday,even as differences cropped up among activists on the issue of targeting the Opposition in the coal block allocation matter.

Police refused permission to IAC,led by Arvind Kejriwal,for staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar from where they plan to march in protest.

Police said they needed a fresh undertaking from “such office bearers” who can exercise control over everyone participating in the protest.

Two days after the activists announced that they would gherao Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Race Course Road residence and also that of Gadkari,Kejriwal said they will also protest outside the residences of Sonia Gandhi and chief ministers of Opposition-ruled states Chhattisgarh (Raman Singh),Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) and Odisha (Naveen Patnaik).

Differences over targeting BJP cropped up with Kiran Bedi saying on Twitter that they need to focus only on the party in power.

“I fully support Kejriwal’s call for the Jantar Mantar rally. While I feel we need to focus on the party in power,I respect his and others view to cover all… This is time for ‘a united front against corruption’. If we are fragmented,the corrupt will continue to be in power to protect itself,” Bedi tweeted.

Kejriwal said Bedi was “completely” with them and “there could be two viewpoints on any issue”.

“We welcome her viewpoint. But the question is by replacing Congress with BJP,will the situation change? Can BJP or Samajwadi Party give us a better future? I think they cannot,” Kejriwal said.

He had earlier alleged that the Congress and the BJP were hand-in-glove on the coal block allocation issue.

Meanwhile,Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi wrote to the organisers,seeking a fresh undertaking.

In the letter,Dwivedi said prohibitory orders were in place in these areas. “Violation of its provisions will attract legal action… It is incumbent upon you to advise your organisation to desist from unlawful acts,” he said.

Citing seven violations during their previous protest,for which IAC member Neeraj Kumar had given an undertaking,Dwivedi said their past experiences show that they cannot rely on his assurances. “It is imperative that the undertaking is furnished by such office bearer who can exercise control over everyone participating in the proposed dharna,” he said.

In a precautionary measure,six Metro stations — Central Secretariat,Udyog Bhawan,Patel Chowk,Race Course,Jor Bagh and Khan Market — in Central Delhi will remain closed from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

“Are Metro stations closed during BJP and Congress rallies? Does it mean politicians are not a threat but people of this country are a threat to the country” Kejriwal asked.

Bedi said closing Metro stations to make it inconvenient for people to come to the Jantar Mantar rally was “completely undemocratic”.

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