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3:27 pm - Monday December 22, 2014

Kejriwal calls off dharna after Centre partially meets AAP’s demands

A supporter of the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party holds up India's national flag during a protest led by Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal in New DelhiAgencies, New Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today  announced that he was calling off his dharna to demand suspension   of police officers after the Centre decided to partially meet   their demands.

‘’We have decided to call off the agitation after the Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung appealed to us to do so.

‘’He has partially  agreed to our demands and has ordered an inquiry against the concerned police officers,’’ the Chief Minister said.    The Lt. Governor has decided to send police officers in Paharganj and Malviya Nagar on leave, he added. Aam Admi supporters coming in throngs to this  protest area were not allowed to  cross the barricade heavily guarded by policemen.    A small opening of the barricade allows in only media people with passes or food and water bottle cartons to be  handed over to the select  group of supporters on the other side.

Supporters donning caps and holding flags squat on the road  on durries singing  patriotic songs. AAP leader Gopal Rai sitting  on a chair held the group together exhorting them to sit and not roam around.

Also, the lure that their leader ‘Kejriwalji will come there soon’ kept them focussed and together. But even then so many hung around the barricade opening hoping to gain entry. One of them was a transgender who said her ‘beta Kejriwal’  was on the other side and she had to go but was disappointed on not being allowed.

Food vendors selling variety of  snacks tea sellers did a roaring business feeding the hungry protestors coming from far and wide.     Uttam said he had come all the way from Haryana to support the dharna which he said would usher in change.

Posted in: Nation

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