A delegation of the state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday urged Governor Om Prakash Kohli to prevail over the state government to give permission to hold a public meeting for Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal in Surat on October 16.
The memorandum in Hindi said: “The state BJP government has forgotten the democratic values for selfish political reasons and we request you to remind the government of its basic duties. We have full faith in you that you will make every effort to keep democracy alive in the state.”
Signed by AAP state in-charge and Delhi MLA Gulab Singh Yadav, the memorandum said that local AAP leaders had submitted an application to the Surat police 15 days ago for permission for Kejriwal’s rally. But the police had so far neither given permission nor rejected it.
“You very well know how much work has to be done for the preparation of public meetings. If we are not given permission in advance, it will not be possible to make all arrangements in the last minute for such a programme,” said the memorandum.
The AAP leader also briefed the Governor about how state BJP government was creating hurdles in the way of AAP in holding its programmes across the state. The memorandum said that the state government was scared of the increasing popularity of AAP and it was trying to prevent AAP from holding its meetings by using police and administration. Also part of the delegation were Gulab Singh Yadav, state AAP media coordinator Harshil Nayak, Nitin Barot and Arjun Rathwa.