Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his agitation. Here are the highlights of the day:
7.45 pm: Speaking to the crowd, Kejriwal said the decision to send the concerned policemen on leave while the inquiry is conducted is a victory for the people. “Every time a crime happened and the dire security situation came out in the open, the last government hid behind the excuse that it had no control over the police force. We will not let that happen. Delhi police has to answer to the city’s residents and elected representatives,” the CM said. He also criticised the police for engaging in lathi-charge and sought apology from the all the inconvenienced commuters as some metro stations were closed due to the protest.
7.30 pm: Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has called off its protest in the national capital after Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung offers to send SHO concerned on leave.
5.50 pm: Over a dozen people, including two policemen, were injured in clashes between Aam Aadmi Party supporters and police near Rail Bhavan today.
2.35 pm: Following the scuffle between Delhi Police and AAP supporters, Manish Sisodia appeals to protesters to carry out the agitation peacefully. “We would request everyone not to break the barricades. We do not have any personal grudge against police officials,” says Sisodia.
2.17 pm: Fresh scuffle has been reported between Aam Aadmi Party workers and Delhi police after they were stopped from heading towards Rail Bhawan.
TV reports say, the AAP protesters were lathicharged as they were trying to break the barricades on Dr Rajendra Prasad Road. The AAP workers, reports said, threw stones at policemen, who tried to stop them. A police officer was allegedly injured during stone pelting by AAP supporters
1.55 pm: BJP activists coming towards Rail Bhawan were detained by the Delhi Police near Akashvani Bhawan. They have been sent to the Parliament Street police station.
1.45 pm: Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia reiterates their stand of not moving from the protest venue. “We are here…we are not going any where,” he says.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi CM also threatened to flood Rajpath with lakhs of supporters that can disrupt Republic Day celebrations.
With Kejriwal and his ministerial colleagues adamant on their stand, it is to seen on how the full dress rehearsals of the Republic Day take place since the venue of protest falls on the route of R-Day parade.
12.45 pm: Kejriwal appeals to the police to remove barricades. As the skies opened up this morning, Kejriwal was forced to take refuge in his. However, the Delhi Chief Minister remained adamant as he said: “Halaat dekh ke bhagwan bhi ro raha hai, mausam kitna hi bigde hum nahi hatenge.”
12.10 pm: Commuters were hit hard with authorities shutting down four Metro stations and buses being diverted. Four Metro stations — Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan and Race Course — remained closed from 6 AM.
9. 45 am: Rains played spoilsport for the protesting Chief Minister as he had to sit in his car following the showers on Tuesday morning. As it rained, an umbrella has been made of ‘tirpal’ for those sitting at the protest venue. Kejriwal and his colleague Manish Sisodia have been forced to take refuge in his small blue car.
9.40 am: Arvind Kejriwal has yet again been requested to shift the venue of protest to Jantar Mantar in view of the Republic Day rehearsals.
9.35 am: Kejriwal rules out any negotiations to scale down the protest, saying the safety of women in the capital is not a matter of
negotiation. “We will continue our protest. How can Home Minister (Sushilkumar) Shinde sleep when so many crimes are happening in Delhi? When women are unsafe in the city? We won’t negotiate,” Kejriwal says.
9.25 am: Kejriwal refuses to change the venue of protest and reiterates that Shinde is no one to tell him where to sit. “Who is Shinde to decide where we will protest? I am the CM of Delhi,” he tells reporters.
The Delhi CM also asks Shinde not to shut the metros. “The whole area has been cordoned off, tiolets in the buildings are closed. The protest venue has been transformed into a jail,” says Kejriwal as he appeals the people to Delhi to join him in large number.
9. 00 am: Chief Minister’s wife reach the protest venue to meet him.
7.30 am: Early morning slogans among the protesters: “Shinde hosh mein aao, Arvind tum sangharsh karo desh tumhare saath hai… Desh ka PM kaisa ho, Arvind jaisa ho… Takht badal do taaj badal do beimano ka raaj badal do.“
6 am: A bleary eyed Arvind Kejriwal said, “There are several hundred people sleeping here, and I have just woken up as well. All the toilets in the area have been closed on purpose. People are not being allowed to bring in food or water. Where will the women use the restrooms?”
“There is barricading all around. Is this how far Mr Shinde and the Home Ministry have fallen? Do they want to wage war with the Delhi government? I urge the people to come here in large numbers,” he added.
Lashing out at the media, he said some them were trying to promote the agenda of the BJP and the Congress. He also continue his tirade against the Delhi Police and said: “Sex and drug rackets don’t run without paying bribes, we will ask for raids…” He also reiterated his allegation that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was making police collect money for himself.
“We are asking people to come here. The inconvenience caused to common people is not because of us, we even asked them to open all routes,” added Manish Sisodia, trying to clear the air on the closing of Metro stations around the protest venue.
Earlier 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.
The government should not test the patience of the people and should not anger them, or anything can happen. If the Chief Minister of Delhi cannot get a transfer of policemen done for a just cause, then what republic day will you celebrate.
I want to tell the Central Government and the LG to stop this dadagiri and urge people to come here in large numbers.