Delhi: 57 BJP workers detained during party's march to demand Kejriwal's resignation

The party said Kejriwal should resign on moral grounds and give his responsibility to someone else

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 March 2024 8:32 AM GMT
Delhi: 57 BJP workers detained during partys march to demand Kejriwals resignation

New Delhi: At least 57 BJP members, including the party's Delhi chief, were detained and water cannons used during its protest march here on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, according to police.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21 in a Delhi excise policy-linked money laundering case and subsequently remanded to the agency's custody till March 28 by a court.

Senior BJP leader and MP Harsh Vardhan said Kejriwal has been arrested, and therefore, he should resign on moral grounds and give his responsibility to someone else.

BJP workers and leaders gathered near the Ferozshah Kotla stadium and marched towards the Delhi Secretariat, carrying their party's flag and raising slogans such as "Kejriwal Sharm Karo" and "Kejriwal Istifa Do".

Police said some workers climbed over barricades while marching towards the secretariat.

"To disperse the protestors, water cannons were used. Some of them were detained from near the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg when they tried to break through a layer of barricades," a police officer said.

He said that about 57 BJP workers and leaders, including Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva, were detained.

The BJP's demonstration came on a day the AAP planned a march to the Prime Minister's residence on Lok Kalyan Marg for a "gherao" to protest Kejriwal's arrest. Many of the protesting AAP leaders and workers were detained at the Patel Chowk area where they had gathered for the march.

Slamming Kejriwal for issuing directions to his ministers while being in ED custody, BJP national secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said a chief minister cannot issue directions while being in custody and alleged that the AAP was creating a drama.

He said he has lodged a complaint in the matter with Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena for strict action.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, "A government cannot be run from jail. You can run a gang from jail but not a government. A government can run only as per the Constitution."

In his latest order from ED custody, Health Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said, Kejriwal has issued directions to ensure that medicines and tests are available to people at all government hospitals and Mohalla Clinics.

On March 24, Water Minister Atishi had said the chief minister from ED custody had directed her to solve water and sewer related problems in some areas of Delhi.

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