New Delhi, June 17: Hours after Delhi Police said no permission had been sought for the protest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged that the police were telling workers not to join the march. Speaking at a press conference, Bhardwaj assured that there will no violence at the protest march to the PM’s residence. He further added that the protesting workers just want to convey to the PM that the LG, he had appointed, is “doing injustice to Delhi”.
“I assure LG, PMO & Delhi police that there won’t be any violence. People just want to tell PM that the LG appointed by him, is doing injustice to Delhi. He’ll also be requested to tell IAS officers, who’re on strike since last 4 months, to come back to work,” he said.
The AAP leader further added that the party had not been expecting parties from other states to extend their support to them but “four chief ministers came to support them” ahead of the NITI Aayog meeting. “We aren’t expecting people or parties from other states to come in our support but 4 CMs have come in our support, for the youngest political party. This is a matter of pride for us. They have come in support of the rights of the people of Delhi,” Bhardwaj added.
Four non-BJP Chief Ministers extended their support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sit-in protest at Lt. Governor’s office, saying there is a “constitutional crisis” in the state and they will urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to solve the issue at the earliest. “I along with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested the Prime Minister to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately,” Banerjee tweeted.
The AAP leaders are expected to march to PM Modi’s residence today on June 17 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 six days.
Kejriwal and his three cabinet ministers — Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai — began their protest on Monday evening, slept on the couches and turned the ‘dharna’ into a sleepover. “We are ready for any struggle for the rights of the people of Delhi and the development of Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted.