New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Over 500 Aam Admi Party (AAP) volunteers were stopped by police here Monday as they headed to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s house to deliver lakhs of letters protesting “inflated water and power bills”.
Police briefly detained 34 AAP supporters who were protesting outside Dikshit’s house.
Police stopped the volunteers in auto-rickshaws at Bhairon Marg near Pragati Maidan, with Arvind Kejriwal’s supporters walking alongside. Many of them carried Indian national flags and shouted anti-government slogans.
AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh demanded that Delhi Police allow 272 representatives of each ward in Delhi to move towards Dikshit’s house.
Police arranged four buses to ferry them but they were dropped off at Indraprasta metro station, AAP said in a statement.
“It is surprising that the Congress, which has failed to make any headway in scams that have rocked the nation, could barely in 15 minutes not only go through the letters but also declare them as fake,” the statement said.
The 272 auto-rickshaws represented the 272 municipal wards in Delhi.
The unique protest began from Sundar Nagri area where Kejriwal’s indefinite hunger strike against the allegedly inflated utility bills entered the 10th day Monday.
Addressing supporters outside his house in Sundar Nagri in east Delhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said: “My fast will continue.”
He said that an opportunity to fight corruption had come after many decades, and they may not get another chance in many more years to come.
Kejriwal was not participating in the march to Dikshit’s house.
Around seven lakh residents of the capital had signed the protest letters.
The protest journey began despite Delhi Police’s refusal to allow so many auto-rickshaws to go to the chief minister’s house.
Kejriwal’s health is reportedly stable. Doctors said he had lost seven kg since he began his fast March 23.