New Delhi, June 17 : Thousands of Aam Aadmi Party supporters were joined by flag waving CPM cadres in Delhi as protesters gathered to march to the Prime Minister’s Office against the alleged high-handedness of the central government and direct interference in Delhi administration.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury is lending support to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury accused the Modi government of using the Governors office to destabilise the non-BJP state governments as well as to install BJP governments despite the saffron party not winning the mandate.
“Joining the protest rally to the Prime Minister’s residence today to express serious condemnation over the manner in which federalism, a fundamental feature of our Constitution, is being undermined by this BJP central government,” Yechury said in a statement.
“Utilising the office of the Governors and Lt. Governors, the BJP central government is seeking to destabilise non-BJP democratically elected state governments. This is happening with the democratically elected governments in Delhi and in Puducherry,” he said.
The chief minister has accused the centre and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of backing a four month-strike by IAS officers, who are protesting against the Kejriwal government. Kerjiwal and his ministers have sought an end to the strike as well as approval for a new doorstep delivery of services scheme.
The sit-in began on June 11 when Chief Minister went to the Raj Niwas in the evening, along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia, and two other ministers, Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain. Mr Jain began an indefinite fast.
Kejriwal has repeatedly appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene.
Yechury said such efforts were “destroying the already fragile Centre-state relations”, which is the backbone of the federal content of the Indian Constitution. “This must not be permitted.”
He said the Communists in India were the “first victims of such central authoritarian misuse of constitutional provisions” when the elected government in Kerala was “undemocratically” dismissed in 1959.
Prohibitory Orders enforced For March To Prime Minister’s Office: Confrontation likely
But confrontation is set to happen with the Delhi Police claiming that the party has not sought permission for a march.
“The New Delhi district has not received any permission of an AAP protest. Protest marches are banned in residential areas. Section 144 has already been imposed,” said senior police officer Madhur Verma.
The officer said they have mobilised “outside forces” and exits of several metro stations — Patel Chowk, Udgyog Bhavan, Central Secretariat, Janpath and Lok Kalyan Marg — have been shut.