Nine days of Delhi dharna: a recap

BJP stages counter-protest outside CM office

Delhi Congress chief also hits out at AAP govt, calls its protest ‘political drama’

To counter the sit-in protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Raj Niwas, BJP leaders on Wednesday sat on a protest outside the CM’s office at the Delhi Secretariat which continued till late night.

‘No word of assurance’

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, along with MLAs Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Jagdish Pradhan and MP Pravesh Verma, were also present at the “dharna”.

Suspended Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kapil Mishra also participated.

“Whenever the Opposition has tried to raise the issue of water shortage, corruption and inefficiency in the Delhi Jal Boad, it was marshalled out of the House. Mr. Kejriwal has never given a word of assurance on DJB problems,” said Mr. Gupta.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who led a protest march to Delhi Secretariat said, “It is dejecting to see the CM playing his favourite urban naxalite role to divert public attention from his failures to deliver water and power. The people of Delhi are facing acute water and power and are disgruntled with the Kejriwal government.”

Terming the CM’s sit-in protest as a “political drama”, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ajay Maken said, “While the people of Delhi are thirsty, the CM who is also the DJB chairman, is sitting on a stage-managed dharna in an air-conditioned visitor’s room at Raj Niwas.”

Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said Mr. Kejriwal was not at all conscious of his constitutional duties and people are bearing the brunt of his “confrontational politics”.

Ms. Dikshit, a three-time Delhi Chief Minister, said it was “completely unacceptable” that the head of the government was sitting on a “dharna” at the L-G’s house when the city was reeling under severe water crisis and other problems.

(With PTI inputs)

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