Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers from Haryana organised a rally in the city on Sunday to protest against the “failures” of the BJP government in the past one year of its rule in the state. The Haryana government will complete a year Monday.
The rally, which was flagged off from Rose Garden, had the protesters shouting slogans against Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The workers also rapped Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) V K Singh for his remark on the Dalit killings in Faridabad.
The workers, led by Naresh Balyan, MLA from New Delhi’s Uttam Nagar constituency, and Naveen Jaihind, national executive member of AAP, reached Matka Chowk, and tried to move towards the CM’s house. However, the police stopped them.
The protesters also burnt copies of the BJP’s manifesto that was released before the elections last year. Following this they courted arrest and were taken to the Sector 17 police station.
Talking to the media, Naveen Jaihind said the protest had been staged against the Khattar government for “not doing anything for the poor”.
“We are here to ask them (BJP) 12 questions today as they are going to complete a year tomorrow,” he said.
“BJP did not do anything for the common man in the one year of its rule in the state. The price of pulses has almost touched Rs 200, and the government appears to be in slumber,” said Baldev, one of the protesters.
Wrong foot forward
The Aam Aadmi Party workers who had assembled at the Rose Garden crushed flowering plants under their feet during the protest march. The visitors at the garden expressed their dismay over the behaviour of the workers. “This is very shocking. They don’t care about the garden,” said Sanjay Kumar, a Sector 23 resident, who had come to the garden along with his family.