LIVE: Arvind Kejriwal calls off AAP’s Raisina protest as Delhi Lt-Governor offers to send SHO on leave

Earlier on Sunday evening, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked “supporters and public” not to come for his dharna in view of Republic Day preparations.

Updated: January 21, 2014 8:11 pm
Kejriwal called off the protest by AAP government near Rail Bhavan after Lt-Governor accepted their demands. Kejriwal called off the protest by AAP government near Rail Bhavan after Lt-Governor accepted their demands.

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.

Adamant Arvind Kejriwal sits under an umbrella made out of 'tirpal' as it rains on the second day of his protest. (IE Photo)

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.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at the venue of protest outside Rail Bhawan. (IE Photo)

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.

Surendra Singh, the AAP MLA from Delhi Cantonment, at the protest venue on Tuesday morning. ( IE photo: Pragya Kaushika)

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.

RAF marches at protest site. (IE photo: Pragya Kaushika) RAF marches at protest site. (IE photo: Pragya Kaushika)

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.

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  1. P
    Jan 21, 2014 at 4:51 am
    Disrupting Republic Day, disrupting every day life, asking people to take law in their hands...talking about women safety when you make women urinate in public and pitch to get them arrested at night. Today it is an African tomorrow it will be a north eastern...Anti nationals!!!!!
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      Jack Doe
      Jan 22, 2014 at 3:29 am
      BJP supporters fear the rise of AAP will somehow impact the chances of success for Modi. Fear not, AAP may have won in Delhi but in the rest of the country, AAP is unlikely to win.
      1. K
        kumar viswas
        Jan 21, 2014 at 7:30 am
        ak is escapist. aap is just a bunch of opportunist. I am nomore a member of aap after listening to from ak, yogendre and sisodia
        1. A
          Jan 21, 2014 at 7:21 am
          AAP party is doing all are waste less . Because NOW Kejriwal is the CM of delhi so he should work in a system . which is followed by the congress government last 15 year.Then the development is progressing .........
          1. A
            Jan 21, 2014 at 7:19 am
            Kejriwal said yesterday Who is Shinde to decide my dharna venue, I am the CM, I think now he is using his power of CM but not right direction. He should learn from the congress govt, how to use the power .Through the help of the common people...............
            1. P
              Jan 21, 2014 at 7:06 am
              Please stop this nonsense immediately - there are other ways of doing things to achieve what you want without putting all of us into inconvenience. You are looking more like a thug now ...holding the city and it's people as ransom
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                ANAND IYER
                Jan 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm
                It is time for the central government to step in to dismiss the delhi government and put these clowns in jail . Nobody can hold our democracy to ransom under the guise of sham activism.
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                  Alok Asthana
                  Jan 21, 2014 at 11:58 am
                  And that too when the decision has been taken that Rahul will not be PM nominee. if so, why shouldn't the money be spent on bolstering the image of the party, rather than that of Rahul?We'll have this question from outside because no Congressman can ever do so.
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                    Alok Asthana
                    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:49 am
                    Are the ceremonies of R Day more important than the will of the people of Delhi? And please, do not equate love for India's independence and it becoming a republic with some marching troops and dance/drama. Is this an act of a republic wherein the elected representative of the state is prevented from even getting down from his private car in his own state, since the police have declared Sec 144 there? Is such a republic to be respected only because some troops march on its roads in perfect unison?
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                      Alok Asthana
                      Jan 21, 2014 at 11:54 am
                      Subhash - It is not the CM of the state, but the police under the HM of the country that has taken the law in his own hands. I saw that the police stopped even the CM of the same state to even get down from his private car, quoting Sec 144? Sec 144 for what? Are goons on rampage? If this is permissible, why was Gen Dyer's order to prohibit people to congreagate around Jalianwala bagh so wrong. Because, there has to be some worthwhile reason to promulgate such orders. Merely saying that Shinde wants it won't do any more.
                      1. A
                        Jan 21, 2014 at 11:25 am
                        Mr. Kejriwal must realise that he is encouraging mobocracy and 'goondaism'. AAP supporters are pelting stones at police and policemen are getting injured. AAP supporters are doing this because they think they can get away with anything in AAP's rule. This mentality was also at full view when Mr. Bharti led a mob of AAP supporters and hared and humiliated innocent foreigners leading to international tensions.Most countries (including USA) have the police force in the Capital under the Central govt for strategic reasons. Let us ume that the control of police is transferred to the State govt. and a certain known corrupt party again comes to power in the state (like the past 15 years) and certain 'honest' party come to power at the center.. Then, the corruption and inefficiency in Delhi police will continue despite it being under state control. Then, will you ask that the control of Delhi police be transferred back to the Central govt?So, the solution to the problem is to replace the corrupt, inefficient Govt. at center with an efficient govt. which cleans up the mess in the Delhi police, rather than transferring its control.
                        1. A
                          Jan 21, 2014 at 11:47 am
                          To all those posting FOR Arvind Kejriwal on this people are missing the w point.Please consider first, the way his ministers & supporters have illegally behaved against African women, forced them to give samples in public! And for once the police were right & refused to listen to their illegal instructions.Should more (police) power be given to these people? Yesterday it was foreigners,tomorrow their illegalities can affect you & me!Power should be given only to those who responsibly use it.They have publicly announced that their politics will now on be conducted in this fashion. Decide what you want, rule of the law or mob justice?
                          1. K
                            Jan 21, 2014 at 9:23 am
                            it's speciality of protests that everytime they can not driven on right path...some times they got wrong way and occurs problems for others..
                            1. D
                              Jan 21, 2014 at 11:00 am
                              R-Day for VVIPs on the expense of hard earned tax payers money, where as common man is struggling to survive. This is corrupt, looter, traitor congress who ruled India for 60 years and made the country bankrupt.
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                                Eswara Raju.N
                                Jan 21, 2014 at 11:44 am
                                Dear Readers,Policemen, whereever they will be, they will be getting their pay and allowances. When there are allegations of collection and non-performance, tobe free from criticism, it it not only few policemen, even 50% of total police force is immediately transferred, and other policemen are posted, no one is going to loose any thing. AAP can not make allegation, sincere policemen will also be not affected, Home Ministry also not going to have any loss. Why to hesitate to issue transfer orders to many policemen which will convince the general public, AAP government, Central Government immediately. Further to bring policemen under Delhi Government control, why can't ordinance be brought in, when for many things ordinance is made, subsequently regularised. Let government, think on the easy solution. Thanking you, yours sincerely, Eswara Raju.N
                                1. G
                                  Jan 21, 2014 at 1:44 am
                                  In a situation like this Congress may withdraw support to AAP: Impose President Rule for 6 months -beyond general election; Put Kejiwal and his followers behind bars,so that they would not be available for genl.election.
                                  1. R
                                    Jan 21, 2014 at 9:10 am
                                    arvind gonna mad today...what will he get out of he want some extra space and extra publicity...he is the CM of delhi and not behaving like a mature person...
                                    1. S
                                      Jan 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm
                                      Mr. Perfect has started giving his comments.
                                      1. M
                                        M S
                                        Jan 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm
                                        AK wants constant attention of media, attention of public away from all his AAP's mistakes, failures etc. so as to win the general elections. Would you allow AAP to illegally do things? Is the answer not No?
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                                          M S
                                          Jan 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm
                                          I think the AAP should not be disturbed till May. Once the elections are over, they can be dismissed immediately. If dismissed now, they will again be in the media attention on the top and go to the public that they were dismissed illegally.
                                          1. K
                                            Jan 21, 2014 at 3:55 am
                                            Time for change.
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