The Congress booked Ramlila Maidan for its November 4 political rally on FDI in retail after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshits intervention as the date earlier clashed with the Communist Party of India’s (CPI) rally for farmers at the same venue.
Sources said Dikshits intervention was required because the CPI had applied before the ruling Congress for Ramlila Maidan.
The North Municipal Corporation approved the Congresss request for the venue for four days November 2 to November 5 after Dikshits Political Secretary Pawan Khera applied for it on behalf of the All India Congress Committee.
Sources said the two political parties agreed to adjust their rally dates,with Delhi Police acting as the mediator.
CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan said: We have told police that we will not be able to clear the ground till November 3. Our rally is on November 1,but the farmers will be bale to clear the grounds only by November 3 morning.
DCP (Central) Devesh Srivastava said police had a meeting with CPI and Congress leaders. We have given the no-objection certificate (NOC) to the CPI for October 31 and November 1. We agreed to give the NOC to the Congress for November 3 and November 4 for its rally. The CPI said it will wind up its programme by November 2, he said.
All that the Congress have to do now is submit an undertaking stating that it will abide by the rules and conditions. This has been communicated to Pawan Khera, Srivastava said.