Rahul said, “Factories are getting closed, farmers are committing suicide.... I was recently in Gujarat, where diamond and cloth merchants met me and said that Narendra Modi has destroyed them (their livelihood).”
The organisers confirmed that the Supreme Court theme was up for nine days before it was changed Monday. The idea, an organiser said, was to send out a message that “people want the court to rule in favour of a temple in Ayodhya”.
Assistant commissioner Aman Rajput said they had the traders’ support, and that the project will be implemented on a permanent basis from November 15. “The trial is to see the hiccups being faced and what modifications can be done,” he said.
This comes at a time when sealing ordered by the committee has been criticised by political parties in Delhi, and the Centre coming under attack from the opposition for failing to protect traders from action.
This is the fourth time Tiwari has acted in the Ramlila — previously, he has twice played Angad and once played Kewat. Asked how he made time when Assembly polls are drawing close, he said: “This is far more important than any election in the country."
Last week, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Kapil Mishra, who left AAP for BJP, met a faction of e-rickshaw owners at Jantar Mantar, who pressed that at least 200 out of the 236 roads where the vehicles are barred from entry be opened to them.
“When it happened, Pakistan raised a hue and cry over it but the entire world stood with Modi ji. Within a day, we got support from 10 countries, and 100 diplomats also said it is India’s internal matter,” he said.
A South MCD official said former standing committee chairperson Shailendar Singh Monty distributed bags, featuring his photo alongside a photo of BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi and the BJP's Lotus symbol, to children at a civic body school in Hauz Rani.
Implemented at the toll plazas on July 17, the RFID technology allows for automatic toll deduction. Commercial vehicles entering Delhi have to pay a green cess between Rs 700 and Rs 1,400, and toll between Rs 100 and Rs 2,000, depending on the vehicles’ size and category.
Former mayor of the North civic body Preeti Agarwal, who was also present in the meeting, told The Indian Express, “Some of the work done by her is good, but it is also true that confrontation between the deliberative and executive wings is at its peak in the North MCD.