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Slept on road, sprawled out on L-G’s sofa: Many faces of Kejriwal’s protests

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The AAP supremo has slept on pavement, stood and sat at various places, and lately parked himself overnight on L-G’s sofa in his unique forms of protest.

Since 2011, when he stormed into the political landscape on the back of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has made protests a facet of his politics.

The chief minister has led several sit-ins and protests during his term in power — from sleeping on the pavement in 2014, against the Delhi Police, to now spending the night at the Raj Niwas calling for the L-G to get officers to end their “strike.”

Here’s a look at some of Arvind Kejriwal’s dharnas in Delhi.

1. 11 June, 2018: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Minister Satyendar Jain at Raj Niwas, lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal’s official residence, demanding that the L-G end the “strike” called by IAS officers, and approve the government’s proposal for home delivery of rations. Jain began a hunger strike Tuesday.

Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai stage a dharna outside the L-G’s residence. | Facebook

2. On 14 May, 2018, the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues walked from the CM residence to Raj Niwas, demanding that the L-G discuss installation of CCTVs in Delhi, a project which AAP alleges has been delayed.

Kejriwal feels the capital’s summer heat during his protest. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

3. On 20 January, 2014, Kejriwal and other AAP members protested at the Rail Bhavan, alleging that the Delhi Police was not co-operating with then law minister Somnath Bharti, who conducted a “raid” on a suspected drug and prostitution racket. The chief minister slept on the pavement then.

The chief minister sleeps in open at night during his sit-in demanding action against police personnel near Rail Bhavan on January 20, 2014 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

4. Team Anna — consisting of Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai — staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on 25 July, 2012, demanding an effective Lokpal bill, setting up a special team that would probe corruption charges against ministers, and establishing a fast track court that would try criminal cases against MPs.

Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare on a fast at the Ram Lila Maidan| Twitter

5. Kejriwal launched a “bijli-paani satyagraha” on 6 October, 2012, to protest against inflated power and water bills by restoring electricity to households where electrical connections were discontinued due to failure of payment of bills.


AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia at the Bijli Paani Satyagraha

6. On 7 December 2012, Kejriwal staged a protest against the demolition of houses in South Delhi at Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s house at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi.

The AAP leader dragged away by the police outside Sheila Dikshit’s house | Vijay Verma/PTI

7. On 21 January 2014, To demand the suspension of several officers, Kejriwal staged a protest in Rail Bhavan in New Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal slept on pavement of Rail Bhavan in protest | Twitter


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  1. I simply shudder to think that if he becomes PM and the President delays certain bill passed by Parliament, would he resort to such protest and sleep on a pavement to make mockery of PM office as well as become a laughing stock.

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