Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to slam Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP government at the Centre and the AAP government.
NEW DELHI: Rahul, commenting on the week-long AAP protest in Delhi, tweeted that the prime minister had turned ‘blind eye’ to the anarchy and even nudging the ‘chaos and disorder’. He said the people of Delhi are victims
of this ‘drama’.
The standoff in Delhi began with AAP leaders accusing Indian Administrative (IAS) officers of being on strike
since the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February. Delhi chief minister
Arvind Kejriwal on Monday continued his sit-in protest at the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence
Kejriwal urged Modi to “give a green signal” to the IAS officers to end their strike. The chief
minister and his colleagues have been demanding that Baijal meet them and order IAS officers to return
Two days after the dharna began, BJP leaders and AAP rebel leader Kapil Mishra mimicked their protest
and sat on a dharna at Kejriwal’s office against the “non-performance” of his government. “You have
done everything in your power to shrug off any responsibility that comes with the position you hold, we
are writing to you with a hope that you would have your conscience awakened to your moral
responsibility,” they said in a joint letter to Kejriwal.
On Sunday, the movement saw dramatic developments: Chief ministers of four states came out in support
of the Aam Aadmi Party’s protest, urging both Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene and
solve the crisis. In its power tussle with Baijal and the BJP, Kejriwal and his government has
garnered the backing of several regional parties.
The AAP then organised a massive march from Mandi House to the prime minister’s official home.
Thousands of supporters participated in the demonstration, but the Delhi Police stopped their progress
at Parliament Street — they did not have permission to hold the rally — and AAP soon called off the
protest for the day. The IAS officers, responding to the AAP, held a press conference to deny that they
were on strike.