BJP takes to capital streets

Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, M K Naqvi, Tarun Vijay, V K Malhotra and Vijender Gupta along with thousands of party workers courted arrest at Parliament Street on Friday while marching towards prime minister’s residence. The party organised a jail bharo movement to protest against the price hike and the power and water crisis in Delhi. The movement was organised to mark the culmination of fortnight long nationwide protest of BJP.

Addressing a gathering at Jantar Mantar, senior BJP leader and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said that there seems to be competition among Union and State governments to commit maximum atrocities on people. He alleged that Union government is misusing Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] to get support for its presidential candidate.

‘Samajwadi Party [SP] changed its stand within 24 hours and Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] is supporting the UPA only under pressure of CBI,’ said Jaitley. He demanded the government to decrease the price of petrol as its value in international market has came down by 35 per cent.’

Government uses the international market condition as an excuse to increase petrol price, but is silent when price of crude oil in international market has come down from USD 127 to USD 90 per barrel,’ added Jaitely.

'The government is facing policy paralysis, which is the root cause of everything,’ said Jaitley.

Former national president of BJP Rajnath Singh spoke about the pathetic condition of farmers and agriculture in the country and said that the country where 65 per cent people are farmers, farming is deliberately being ruined.

‘The price of fertilisers and other input is increasing, but the farmers are not getting proper prices. People are hungry, but grains are rotten,’ said Singh.

National vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told that the government is deliberately fuelling price spiral so that the people of the country may be struggling to tide over it and may not be able to stage big movement.

Leader of the Opposition in Delhi State Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that it is due to the acrimony of the people that such a large number of people have assembled to expressed their anger against the government.

Speaking at the occasion BJP Delhi state president Vijender Gupta said that the government should be ashamed of the fact that it could not manage sufficient drinking water for the people. ‘There is no lack of water and power in Delhi, but people are suffering due to mismanagement of the government,’ said Gupta.

He further added that people of Delhi are forced to be awake in the nights due to power cuts and drink dirty and polluted water. He vowed the workers to fight to dethrone the Delhi government.

Several MLAs of Delhi, councillors, and office bearers of municipal corporations were also present in the movement.

After the public meeting, the leaders marched towards prime minister’s residence through Tolstoy Marg to Parliament Street, but were arrested at Parliament Street police station at around 1 pm but released at 3 pm. The party claimed that over 30,000 workers courted arrest in various parts of the city. However, Delhi police has shown the arrest of four MPs, four MLAs and seven councillors along with some party workers. The workers started gathering at the venue at around 10 am shouting anti-government slogans and even defied scorching heat to show their anger against Delhi and Union government.
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