New Delhi, June 17: Deputy Commissioner of police, Madhur Verma, said that Aam Aadmi Party has not applied for permission for a protest march. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and workers will hold a protest march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence today to protest against lack of response by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and Centre to the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers, for last one week.
DCP further said that at the time of protest, the exit gates of four metro stations namely Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Patel Chowk & Central Secretariat will be closed. He further said that if anyone found marching towards PM House, will be detained immediately.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he has not “authorised” LG Anil Baijal to attend the NITI Aayog meeting in his place after a report claimed the presence of the Constitutional head at the meeting. “Under which provision of the Constitution does LG have powers to replace the Chief Minister? I have not authorised him to go in my place,” he tweeted.
However, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant described the report as “totally incorrect”. Amitabh Kant, said, “This is totally incorrect. Lt. Governor of Delhi is not present at the Fourth Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog.”
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit slammed Arvind Kejriwal and said, “Delhi government should work according to the existing rules and provisions. They cannot do whatever they want to.”
Many political leaders including regional parties have extended their support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sit-in protest. Kejriwal accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai is staging a dharna at Baijal’s office for the last one week, demanding that IAS officers end their “strike” and approve doorstep ration delivery scheme of his government.
(With agency inputs)