Scores of drivers of the BJP-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh staged a protest outside Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, lampooning his government for “going back on its word regarding policy”, especially on not reigning in app-based car aggregator companies like Uber and Ola. The union proclaimed that they would not allow the AAP to “ruin the Punjab” like they have done for Delhi.
“Mukhya Mantri ko jagana hai. Ola Uber ko bhagana hai,” went the chants. A motorcade comprising roughly 40 Kali-peeli taxis and autoriskhaws blocked the slip road to the residence. “What relationship does Kejriwal share with Uber and Ola? How much in kickbacks has he taken to allow such vehicles to ply illegally while hundreds of our drivers are losing their livelihood,” said Rajender Soni, general secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union.
“Where is the taxi scheme you had said you would introduce to reign in Ola and Uber? You lied to us despite giving your word in writing to us. Your government is a government of U-turns,” drivers shouted.
Chhote Lal, an autorickshaw driver protesting at the venue said, “We canvassed for the AAP government for free. We brought Kejriwal to power. But neither is he looking after us nor fulfilling any of his promises. If we made his government, we will be the ones to bring it down.”
The BMS also raised the pitch against AAP campaigning in the Punjab. “You have ruined Delhi. But we will not let you ruin the Punjab,” Soni said. “If you will criticise our Prime Minister, we will also train our guns against you,” he added. The union submitted a set of demands at the CMs residence. Kejriwal was away in the Punjab Sunday.