Supporter Cong dismisses AAP’s ‘dharna’, BJP calls it anarchic gimmick

The AAP govt, led by CM Kejriwal, is holding a dharna to protest the inability and corruption of Delhi police, seeking action from the Home Ministry.

New Delhi/bhopal | Published:January 20, 2014 4:43 pm
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a dharna demanding action against police personnel for alleged dereliction of duty at Raisina Road, near Rail Bhavan in New Delhi. Express Photo By Amit Mehra  20 January 2014 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a dharna demanding action against police personnel for alleged dereliction of duty at Raisina Road, near Rail Bhavan in New Delhi. Express Photo By Amit Mehra 20 January 2014

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came under fierce criticism from the Congress party for leading a dharna on Monday, as its ‘outside supporter’ said that government cannot be run from the streets, and opposition BJP called the protest “anarchic and a gimmick”.

In an unprecedented action that put his government on a collision course with the Delhi Police, Kejriwal and his ministers began a dharna outside Rail Bhavan demanding action against police officials who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution racket in South Delhi last week.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde asked Kejriwal to maintain the dignity of the office he holds.

“He should maintain ‘garima’ (dignity) of the chair of Chief Minister and wait till the judicial probe is completed. After all he is a Chief Minister…,(which is) a high post. He should cooperate,” Shinde told reporters in Delhi.

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh said the bureaucrat-turned-activist-turned politician must realise that no government can be run by staging dharnas (sit-ins). “Kejriwal must understand that a Government is run through Assemblies or Parliament and from the streets of any city,” he told reporters in Bhopal.

It was the Delhi Police’s duty to maintain law and order in the national capital, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said. “Will the police garland him if the honourable Chief Minister of Delhi wants to sit on a dharna without permission, which can disrupt peace?” he asked.

Both Kejriwal and the AAP should not interfere in the working of the Delhi Police which should be allowed to do its duty, said Singh, whose party is extending outside support to the 24-day-old Government formed by the fledgling outfit.
AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam asked Kejriwal to stop indulging in “drama” and instead concentrate on governance.

Nirupam said that Kejriwal as a chief minister could resolve issues by negotiating with the Centre.

His opinion was shared by BJP.

“The situation we have seen today on the streets of Delhi is anarchic. This is a mock-fight between AAP and its ally Congress. Such an agitation–which is taking place near Rajpath where the Republic Day rehearsals are on– affects the aam admi (common man) and both the parties are responsible for it,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She said the issues being flagged by AAP are important but the manner in which it has gone about it is not acceptable.

“This is a government which is like a fish out of water in the Delhi secretariat and is hence out on the streets reliving its activist days rather than running the administration,” Sitharaman said.

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  1. A
    Jan 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    A government is run with honesty and integrity. There is no doubt that the Delhi police is corrupt and apathetic. They just don't care for people
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    ankush singh
    Jan 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    PROTEST and DHARNA's are not the solution of our problems...these take a lots of energy, mindset, time and money...why we are wasting these inportant factors on dharna's.. these factors we can create a positive environment to sort out these problems...
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    dipak dutta
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:37 am
    OMG! Enough of Kejriwal drama! It's very odd if consutional bodies come to the street creating a lawless situation. Agree that our society is on Frying Pan, but these activities will push us to Fire. Better, we should think of slow and steady approach to upgrade human ethical and moral values. that will be long lasting and effective
  4. G
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:36 am
    The drama which kejriwal is doing as protest is nothing but the purpose is only to divert the mind of peoples of delhi from What SOMANTH BHARTI have done..To save the name of AAP kejriwal is doing all that as he knows that already FIR logged against bharti so AAP name will damage and then kejriwal need to remove bharti from his cabinet so he is doing all this drama to divert public.............. Shame On KEJRIWAL Shame Shame
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    Manohar Sharma
    Jan 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    Kejriwal is totally failed to run the Government. He is now looking for an excuse to "QUIT". Before quitting he is searching for an "ISSUE" on which his Party can go in the elections for the Lok Sabha to make the people a "FOOL" again.
  6. A
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:29 am
    dharne karna he aata hai aur kuch nahin aata.
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    Avanish Rai
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:26 am
    Chief minister has become chief agitator. Mr Kejriwal you are giving wrong message to the people who hv you voted you power
  8. S
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:56 am
    sasta publicity keliya log kya kya nehin karte hain
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