The Aam Aadmi Party held a protest at Jantar Mantar on Monday pressing for the resignation of four senior BJP leaders caught in a storm of allegations. There were close to 500 protesters from different frontal organisations of the party, with several MLAs also present. They were prevented from marching to the Parliament as planned.
The protesters, led by AAP’s Delhi unit president Dilip Pandey. asked for the resignation of BJP leaders Smriti Irani, Vasundhara Raje, Sushma Swaraj and Pankaja Munde. Standing atop a vehicle among AAP volunteers raising slogans against “Maun Modi”, Pandey said, “The Prime Minister is silent. He has chosen once again to play the game of selective ignorance. His cabinet colleagues Sushma Swaraj is now tainted in Lalit Modi episode and Smriti Irani has been found a fit case by the court to pursue charges against. In states, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde are facing charges of financial irregularities. We shall not give up protesting until the four are made to leave their public office.”
As protesters initially insisted on walking towards Parliament House despite a heavy deployment of police, there was a minor scuffle between some party workers and the security. After this, a group of five people were taken to the police station. At noon, however, two hours after the protest began, leaders of the party, such as Youth Wing leader Ankush Narang said that “there had been no trouble”.
AAP leaders said that this would not be the last of their protests on the issue and if PM Modi did not act against his ministers, he would be seen as “abdicating responsibility”.