Delhi Underground: Do not disturb

The policemen tried to reason with them, saying this was to secure the locality against poll-related violence.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2016 5:04 am
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To ensure security during the MCD bypolls, police patrolled the 13 constituencies to ensure law and order. However, elderly residents of Ballimaran were irked by sirens of police bikes blaring throughout the day and complained to personnel stationed at the polling booths about the “ruckus”. The policemen tried to reason with them, saying this was to secure the locality against poll-related violence. However, the residents insisted they should patrol without sirens and not disturb them during their siesta.

On the same page?

Despite parting ways, it appears that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Swaraj Abhiyan founder Prashant Bhushan may still be on the same page as far as attacking the BJP goes. Posting a link to an article, Bhushan tweeted on May 13, “Karkare, the martyr of 26/11, who nailed the Saffron terror gang, becomes victim of BJP govt’s attempt to save them.” Kejriwal retweeted Bhushan’s tweet.

Unhappy drivers

Last week’s government notification on VAT showed that those who bought e-rickshaws and e-vehicles would get a high subsidy. This, however, left auto-rickshaw drivers unhappy. “Now, the government is only favouring e-rickshaws. Kejriwal is not looking at us (auto-rickshaws) anymore. He used us to come to power…,” said a driver. Another said, “If one needs support from people, one uses Delhi’s auto-rickshaws to do so. Hamare peet pe pao rakh ke aasman chhu lete hai (They step on our backs to touch the sky).”

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