Congress, BJP protest against AAP over farmer suicide

Updated - November 16, 2021 11:07 pm IST

Published - April 23, 2015 12:27 pm IST - New Delhi

A day after a farmer committed suicide at an AAP rally, Youth Congress workers on Thursday demonstrated in front of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence while BJP workers protested at the Delhi Police headquarters demanding action against the rally organisers.

Scores of slogan shouting Youth Congress protesters, who were carrying placards demanding Mr. Kejriwal’s resignation, reached the Chief Minister’s Flagstaff Road residence at Civil Lines in North Delhi around 10 a.m.

After they were stopped by the police which had erected barricades, the protesters burnt an effigy of Mr. Kejriwal.

“They (AAP) should have stopped the rally and must have tried to save the farmer. The Chief Minister should resign from his post,” said one of the protesters.

The Delhi BJP, which had planned a protest march from ITO to Mr. Kejriwal’s residence around the same time, staged a protest at Delhi Police Headquarters in central Delhi where police used water canons to disperse them.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the incident and demanded that the organisers of the rally be booked for murder.

BJP workers including Mr. Upadhyay and senior leader Jagdish Mukhi were detained by the police and taken to the nearby police station in a bus.

“It is not a suicide but a conspiracy. People there instigated him to commit suicide. He had joined AAP six months ago. Manish Sisodia had invited him here. One of the AAP MLAs tweeted a condolence message 20 minutes before his death,” Mr. Upadhyay alleged.

“You continued your rally for 45 minutes even after the death of the farmer. You did not stop your rally. This is a motivated murder and everybody responsible in this case should be booked under charges of murder,” he added.

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