Kejriwal threatens to flood Rajpath with AAP supporters
On the second day of his protest, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today upped the ante, threatening to flood Rajpath with lakhs of supporters
New Delhi: On the second day of his protest, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today upped the ante, threatening to flood Rajpath, the venue of Republic Day celebrations, with lakhs of supporters demanding action against policemen who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring.
He ruled out any negotiations to scale down the protest, saying the safety of women in the capital is not a matter of negotiation.
“We will continue our protest. How can Home Minister (Sushilkumar) Shinde sleep when so many crimes are happening in Delhi? When women are unsafe in the city? We won’t negotiate,” Kejriwal told reporters.
Unlike yesterday, hundreds of AAP supporters thronged the venue of the dharna outside Rail Bhavan in the high security area close to the venue of Republic Day preparations.
The Chief Minister along with his six cabinet colleagues and scores of supporters spent the night outside the Rail Bhavan, the venue of their protest, braving the cold winter.
Kejriwal threatened that “If the demands are not met then lakhs of our supporters will come to Rajpath.
Criticising Shinde, Kejriwal said the Home Minister suspended a number of policemen after some people barged into his residence few months back but no action is taken if women are harassed.
“Someone was telling me that a window was broken by protestors at Shinde’s residence few months ago.12 policemen were suspended. When a woman is raped, he says we will get an inquiry done but won’t suspend the police,” he charged.
“A woman was burnt but police is not arresting anyone as they will first get an inquiry done. R K Singh was right in saying that it is money which reaches the top,” he said.
Asking Shinde to support the common man’s cause, the Chief Minister claimed that there will be ‘rebellion’ in Delhi Police as lower level police officials were with AAP.
“A man resigned and came to join us. He had tears in his eyes. Another man who was shouting slogans in our favor was suspended. There will be a rebellion in Delhi Police too,” he said.
Coming down hard on the Home Minister, Kejriwal also accused him of trying to ‘run’ Delhi and justified his protest, saying political discourse in the country has undergone a change.
“Politics will now be run by these unconventional methods. The political discourse of India has changed forever now. This is democracy,” he said.
Kejriwal blamed Shinde for the inconvenience caused to people due to closing down of a number of Metro stations around Central Delhi.