The Central district administration on August 2 imposed a ban on protests, demonstrations and public meetings in front of the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal because of “serious law and order problems”. Reportedly, the order was issued by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Civil Lines, B K Jha, on the direction of the chief minister himself because for the last one year, innumerable protests have been taking place outside his residence for political and administrative issues.
However, Kejriwal himself has been tagged as ‘dharna king’ by a lot of people on social media as he is known to have protested against various issues at various places. So when the news broke out, twitterati were quick to notice and called it ‘irony of the century’.
Though, police have stepped in and asked to revoke the ban as the power to impose such a ban lies with the police chief. “A letter has been written to SDM, Civil Lines, to withdraw the notification as it amounts to unnecessary interference in the working of Delhi Police,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (north).
But Kejriwal being twitterati’s favourite, they couldn’t help but take a dig at the order and #DharnaManaHai was born. Many couldn’t fathom that he has imposed a ban on protests, something that he himself considers a powerful tool for democracy.
“Born out of Dharna. Ate, drank, breathed Dharna. Thrived on Dharna. Now tries banning Dharna. Krantikari Kejriwal,” tweeted one. “Arvind Kejriwal Banned Dharna near his home. Irony died a thousand deaths,” tweeted another.
— Rajat Kapoor (@rjtkpr) August 5, 2016
— नील कण्ठ (@dwivedi_in) August 5, 2016
— Shikha Kumar (@authorshikha) August 4, 2016
— Arnab Goswamy (@the_sashiks) August 4, 2016
Arvind Kejriwal Banned Dharna near his home.
* Irony died a thousand deaths. *
— SAHITYA PATEL (@sahitya0000) August 4, 2016
Born out of Dharna. Ate, drank, breathed Dharna. Thrived on Dharna. Now tries banning Dharna. Krantikari Kejriwal. pic.twitter.com/fpMKBEXwz0
— Ketan C Bhate (@BhateKetan) August 4, 2016
Kejriwal has banned dharna? Didn’t he like write the book on them? #RapidexforDharnas
— Subhash Pais (@Subhash_ati9) August 4, 2016
— RJ Sanil Gosavi (@SanilGosavi) August 4, 2016
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