AAP govt told people to stay away from dharna, but quietly mobilised the crowds

Messages went out to local units in Haryana to send supporters.

New Delhi | Published:January 21, 2014 4:03 am
Protesters gather around Arvind Kejriwal’s blue Wagon R as it comes up against police barricades outside Rail Bhavan Monday. Ravi kanojia Protesters gather around Arvind Kejriwal’s blue Wagon R as it comes up against police barricades outside Rail Bhavan Monday. Ravi kanojia

On Sunday evening, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked “supporters and public” not to come for his dharna in view of Republic Day preparations, but Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) units in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had already been mobilised by then.

Party sources said messages calling for supporters went out to neighbouring states on Sunday afternoon itself.

On Monday afternoon, protesting outside Rail Bhawan, Kejriwal said “he could not sleep all night, and Republic Day could not mean just watching tableaux”. He urged “all people to come here and support us”.

Several leaders of the party’s state units said they had arrived in Delhi the previous evening. Paramjeet Singh, secretary of AAP’s Haryana unit, said, “Several of us arrived in Delhi on Sunday itself, knowing that police would barricade the area where the dharna would take place. Nearly 150 people from Haryana are at the dharna site, and over 800 are standing behind the barricades. We have come prepared to sit with Arvindji on fast for ten days if the need arises.”

Members of AAP units in Haryana districts like Bhiwani, Rewari and Fatehabad said they had received details of dharna plans on Sunday afternoon. “We left our areas last night, so we could arrive in time. We got a message to leave our districts and add to the numbers in Delhi. There was no further communication and we were not told to go back because of the restrictions in Delhi for Republic Day. We are happy that the party called us. Several people have come from UP as well,” said a member of the Bhiwani district unit.

Sources said several Delhi MLAs contacted people in neighbouring states on Sunday. “There are close links, as each district unit was attached to one constituency in the run up to the Delhi assembly elections. The Bhiwani unit worked for the Shakarpur candidate Satyendra Jain, and members of his office called us on Sunday,” said an AAP member. Jain, now health minister, sat away from the site of the protest after the police refused to let his Bhiwani supporters enter with him.

Asked to explain the huge crowds despite Kejriwal’s appeal asking them not to come, an AAP leader said, “The dharna was well publicised, and these people came on their own to show their support. While we cannot deny that there are people from outside, no message was sent to them.”

Late on Monday, the AAP said, “Aaj Arvind Kejriwal Delhi ki janta ki suraksha ke liye poori raat thand mein sadak par soyenge. Delhi Police ke tanashahi ke khilaaf kal 9 am sab Rail Bhawan pahunche (To ensure the security of the people of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal will sleep on the road all night in the cold. Reach Rail Bhawan at 9 am tomorrow to protest against the autocratic Delhi Police).”

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    Akash
    Jan 21, 2014 at 3:34 am
    So earlier he made fool of Dilli public and now others are joining this dogla too?
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      ajit
      Jan 21, 2014 at 11:26 am
      We did grate mistake by supporting AAP in internet and talking.. Now We are sure AAP will be a grate threat to our country's stability and safety of women and children's.. Luckily they are exposed before Loksabha election. Now we are understanding the issue of corruption is only secondary compared to the future threat from AAP.
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        Alok Asthana
        Jan 22, 2014 at 8:03 am
        God sent Arvind to save the country but you guys couldn't recognize the gift!
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          Alok Asthana
          Jan 22, 2014 at 8:07 am
          So, today's India is wonderful, My salute.
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            Brij/usa
            Jan 21, 2014 at 2:22 am
            Let them enjoy in cold.Leave them alone ,they will go back home in a day or two.
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              Nedunchezhian Senthilnayagam
              Jan 21, 2014 at 8:51 am
              It is the double standard by AAP. Similarly, they would also be corrupt in the long run. If they get bribe it is okay. Because, they are with people. If anybody else get money, they are anti national and anti aam admi. Arvind is the fourth politician in India. He would ruin all insutions and India if not checked properly. He wants to loot India in the name of anti corruption movement. He has no moral values. He behaves like a Taliban in Indian politics. It is unfortunate that Congress has supported him. He should be dismissed and put behind bars.
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                anonymouskar
                Jan 21, 2014 at 2:48 am
                Successfully deflected attention from Sunanda Pushkar's death and a quite burial of the controversy.
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                  Indira
                  Jan 21, 2014 at 4:35 am
                  I had great hopes in ARVIND KEJRIWAL but by behaving in an irresponsible manner he will squander away the goodwill he had built. People in India want stability and governance and by disrupting the lives of Delhites what is he achieving????? On the verge of Republic Day when the world is watching us he is calling everyone to agitate!! Is this governance?? I hope our country does not land in chaos. Toady anyone can wear a white cap, carry a broom and do whatever they want. Bad elements can take advantage of this situation . It is scary, WAKE UP INDIA
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                    Mera Mera
                    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm
                    BJP and Congress are just making excuse to hide the real issue of law and order problem in Delhi. Center doesn't want to give control of Police as that is their important source for easy money.I highly appreciate AAP to take on this nexus of congress and delhi police. It is unfortunate that Delhi is called Rape Capital.AAP rocks and at least they are trying to bring police corruption issue to fore. I know all powerful lobbies (Congress, BJP, Industrialists and some section of media) will try to defame them however Aam aadmi knows how corrup is delhi police and they will support AAP.Jain HInd
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                      M S
                      Jan 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm
                      The problem is media follows them. If only media also leaves them, then no leader in AAP would dare to engage in such dharnas. It is because of media attention that they do all such things.
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                        M S
                        Jan 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm
                        This means even to make AAP win 28 seats the media twisted facts in favor of AAP and AK. Isn't it?
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                          M S
                          Jan 21, 2014 at 5:26 am
                          What is the gift of AAP and AK and his coterie of ministers to the country? Anarchy, mis governance and non governance, no law, suffering for the people. Do you still need such people at the helm. Imagine what could happen to the country if these people had to rule India. First AK calls the police corrupt and whatever he wanted to call, then he asks police to remove uniform and join him. Does it mean that the same people when uniform is removed is equivalent to Ganga Mei Dhule Hue. Now this public mobilization to indicate that he is innocent. People never believed he could be so conniving. What a wonderful way to cheat the voting public!
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                            Rajive Yadav
                            Jan 21, 2014 at 2:52 am
                            If BJP wants to win East & South India, it must give tickets to only highly educated, clean, competent, honest, and hardworking candidates. Then advertise BJP candidates' credential vs. rival candidates via m print media campaigning door to door at least 4-5 times before the election in a format and language voters can understand. This is the only way BJP can win East & South. It has nothing too loose by adopting this strategy, but to win big time.
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                              raghabroy1245
                              Jan 21, 2014 at 11:19 am
                              Gifts basket along with lovely array of gifts ofCake and Chocolate as provided to you by the Festivalspecial contents of the gift distributor to be specially meant for the residents of an. Let the receivers celebrate Festival in a rocking manner.
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                                Raj Patil
                                Jan 21, 2014 at 6:04 am
                                SO IT PROVES THEY LIE AGAIN AND AGAIN. MAN OF PRINL?
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                                  Rao VVN
                                  Jan 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm
                                  World watches India, not any more....
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                                    rashpal
                                    Jan 21, 2014 at 5:16 am
                                    I thought, Arvind is a big liar and using these people to fulfill his ambitions and look at his team, how arrogant they are.
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                                      Main hooh
                                      Jan 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm
                                      Dear Srinivasan,He said honest police officers can join... Please read his statement again.
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                                        Sanjeet Teri
                                        Jan 21, 2014 at 9:43 am
                                        So, it was pre decide to hold dharna at Rail Bhawan. AAp is also resorting to bring outside supporters to show thie rstrngeht as other parites used to do. Out of inial 2000, around 1000 were from Haryana and that too far away from Delhi.. Hypocrites
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                                          san
                                          Jan 21, 2014 at 11:31 am
                                          i think, people who are disappointed with AAP or Mr Kejriwal, should wait to know the facts and reasons before showing there anger. Given the present trends and low standards of reporting, even newspapers will unwittingly and sometimes deliberately mis-represent facts, before doing some analysis on reasons.Although, newspapers talk of freedom and fairness, i have not seem them be so, they will twist facts ever so slightly or use some catchy and mis-representing headlines or hold back and publish half-news to serve there ends or atleast to serve what they think is right!so please, have some patience.. let us wait and hear the other side of the story.
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                                            Satish Mishra
                                            Jan 21, 2014 at 2:14 am
                                            This took so many years of hard work for congress and Modi to create today's system and this Kejriwal wants to break it. BJP and Congress needs to leave enimocity aside and join hands against kejriwal. These things look good in short run but they are not good for long term. If he is sucessful in delhi for short term he will win lok sabha and it will be long term loss to not only congress and BJP but entire india.
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