Amid Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sit-in at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office, the Aam Aadmi Party had planned a march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on Sunday to seek his intervention in ending the months-long IAS officer’s strike in the national capital.
AAP workers and supporters gathered at Mandi House around 4 PM and march to the PM’s residence. However, the Delhi police claimed that the party has not sought any permission to hold a march and slapped prohibitory orders banning large gatherings in the nearby areas.
The AAP, however, claimed that it would carry out a peaceful protest march and there will not be any violence. AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj said that they only intend to tell the prime minister that the Lt Governor appointed by him was doing injustice to Delhi.
Kejriwal, along with his four cabinet colleagues, is camping inside Baijail’s office since Monday demanding that the "strike" by bureaucrats in the city be called off. Their demands also include approval to the doorstep ration delivery scheme.
Here are the Highlights on AAP protest march:
# 08:03 PM: AAP protest march to PM house stopped midway by Delhi police
# 06:06 PM: No permission to AAP's protest march to PM's residence: They don't have permission for a protest march. They've been contained at Parliament street. They're being told that they can't go any further. Specially trained personnel are deployed to keep the situation under control. We're sure they'll listen to us: DCP New Delhi.
They don't have permission (for protest march). They've been contained at Parliament street. They're being told that they can't go any further. Specially trained personnel are deployed here. We're sure they'll (AAP members & protesters) listen to us: DCP New Delhi on AAP protest pic.twitter.com/eR5lqQWOXg— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2018
#05:10 PM: We are being used for political gains: Let us do our work. We are feeling frightened and victimised. We are being used for completely political reasons: Varsha Joshi, IAS Association Delhi
#05:05 PM: Members & supporters of Aam Aadmi Party are staging a protest march to the Prime Minister's residence in support of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's demand that Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal put an end to the strike by state government officers.
Visuals from Mandi House: Members & supporters of Aam Aadmi Party are staging a protest march to the Prime Minister's residence in support of #Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's demand that Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal put an end to the strike by state government officers. pic.twitter.com/wcs7vjNZVp— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2018
#04:50 PM: Kejriwal calls Modi a "dictator": As AAP carries out a protest march towards PMO, its chief Arvind Kejriwal has called Modi a dictator.
हम आ गये हैं आज सडक पर, लोकतंत्र की तलाश में ।
जब बैठी तानाशाही है, प्रधानमंत्री निवास में ।।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 17, 2018
#04:40 PM: CPM leader Sitaram Yechury to join AAP's protest rally to PM's residence: "Joining the protest rally to the Prime Minister’s residence today to express serious condemnation over the manner in which federalism, a fundamental feature of our Constitution, is being undermined by this BJP Central government," Yechury tweeted.
#04:20 PM: AAP workers started reaching at Mandi House: AAP Leaders Sanjay Singh, Dilip Pandey, Sushil Gupta reached Mandi House. Party Volunteers reaching in numbers to march towards PM House.
#3:50 PM: Delhi police claim AAP didn't sought permission to hold march: "The call given by the AAP to march towards PM office or residence is without permission. No permission has been applied for. As such the areas under New Delhi district are under prohibitory orders," senior Delhi police official said.
#03:30 PM: Entry, Exit at four metro stations near PM residence closed: In wake of AAP's protest march, entry and exit gates have been closed at Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Janpath and Lok Kalyan Marg. However, interchange service between Yellow & Violet Lines at Central Secretariat will remain available.
#03:00 PM: What happened so far:
Day 1 – Monday: Arvind Kejriwal along with four cabinet colleagues – Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai – went to meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal with few demands. They refused to leave the office until Baijail accepts their demands.
Day 2- Tuesday: Seeing no response from Baijal’s side, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain begins indefinite hunger strike.
Day 3 - Wednesday: After Jain, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also goes on a hunger strike. Meanwhile, party workers and supporters also marched from CM Kejriwal's residence to LG's office.
Day 4 - Thursday: Kejriwal writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the issue. AAP workers launched a candle-march to protest against Baijal. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court agreed to hear a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by the CM and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal on June 18.
Day 5 - Friday: Kejriwal’s wife denied permission to meet him. “We wanted to meet our husbands for 10 minutes. They made us wait for 1.5 hours at the first barricade and then turned us away. Are we a security threat? Is he (Baijal) so insecure?" Sunita Kejriwal tweeted.
Day 6 - Saturday: Kejriwal found support from four non-BJP state chief ministers. West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy, Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra's N Chandrababu Naidu tried to meet Kejriwal but denied permission.
Day 7 - Sunday: AAP party called upon the people of Delhi and urged them to join the protest march from Mandi House to PM’s residence. Dlehi Police claims AAP didn’t seek permission to hold the march.
#02:30 PM: What are Kejriwal's demands: 1.) Issue a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike"; 2.) Action against those who have struck work for "four months"; 3.) Approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
#01:50 PM: After Mamta, Naidu, Naveen Patnaik and Kumaraswamy, Omar Abdullah extends support to Kejriwal: "Forget the arguments & counterarguments, a CM elected by the people of Delhi with an overwhelming majority is protesting in the Lt. Governor’s residence for the last 6 days & the powers that be couldn’t seem to care less. Democracy anyone?" Abdullah tweeted.
#01:30 PM: AAP calls for people's support: Dear Delhiites, India needs you, AAP needs you to save the democracy! Reach Mandi House today, March to PM Residence will start at 4 PM, tweets Aam Aadmi Party.
India needs you, AAP needs you to save the democracy !
Reach Mandi House today,— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 17, 2018
March to PM Residence will start at 4 PM. pic.twitter.com/h0BH97Ra4k
#01:00 PM: Hello and welcome to News Nation Live Updates. The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to go full throttle against Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and will carry out a protest march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence. The party claims that Baijal's is not adhering to his constitutional duties and working to destabilise the Delhi government. Kejriwal himself is sitting on dharna inside Baijail's office for the last seven days demanding action against IAS officer's halting work since February and clearance to his door-to-door ration delivery scheme. Stick with us as we bring you all the latest updates from AAP's protest march.