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Hundreds join AAP march to PM residence

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NEW DELHI: Hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party workers and other activists took out a silent protest in the national capital protesting the high-handedness of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor and demanding intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

AAP workers participate in a march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence. IANS photo

Targeting the Narendra Modi government, AAP on Sunday said that when a government starts fearing its own people, it is time for it to go. AAP spokesman Saurabh Bhardwaj said that it “felt like everything has gone five years back” when the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) “felt threatened and used its police force to stop Delhi citizens from protesting against it (during Lokpal agitation)”.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visiting the residence of Delhi Chief MInister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on June 16, 2018. (IANS photo)

“I feel when a government starts fearing its own people, then it is time for that government to go,” Bhardwaj told the media here.

AAP ministers, workers, members of communist parties and other supporters gathered at 4 pm at Mandi House. Delhi Police had officially not permitted the march. The march to Modi’s residence was stopped at Parliament Street.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai have been camping at LG Anil Baijal’s office since June 11 to push for their three demands including an end to the IAS officer’s “strike” of four months.

The police deployed heavy barricades and Delhi Metro shut entry and exit in five stations in the area.

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