Dhaba food and hot tea for all

The second day of the protest staged by the Aam Aadmi Party Government saw supporters coming together to make arrangements for those at the sit-in with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Among the committed volunteers was M. Qamar, who had come all the way from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, to lend support to the protest. “I am a supporter of the AAP and I have been providing food to everyone participating in the dharna ,” he said on Tuesday.

He put up a make-shift tent near the INS building on Rafi Marg and some cooks arranged by the party members prepared food for the protesters.

“I am helping serve tea and aloo puri to those with Mr. Kejriwal. Around Rs.30,000 has been spent on food and other expenses,” he said.

The area around the tent quickly became a discussion platform where strangers shared each other’s problems and grievances against the system.

The supporters said two dustbins and disposable plates had also been arranged so that no inconvenience was caused to the public.

“We have three cooks. Around one quintal of potatoes, 30 kg sugar and 30 litres of refined oil have been used. The police allowed the setting up of a make-shift toilet and a water tanker,” added another volunteer.

A supporter of the Kejriwal-led government, Sunil Kumar said: “I bought a car one month ago. And to support the AAP Government, I used it for waste disposal. We made all efforts to ensure that the common man did not face any problems because of the dharna .”

AAP supporter Krishna Bharti, who came from Sonepat in Haryana, said that she supported the cause and tried to contribute by providing homemade food to the protesters.

“I had also arranged for food when Anna Hazare sat on an indefinite fast the last time,” she added.

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