Sunday, June 26th, 2016

65 AAP MLAs, Dy CM Sisodia detained during protest march to Modi residence

Narada Desk | June 26, 2016 11:26 am Print
The police action came as Delhi's ruling party were protesting the arrest of Dinesh Mohaniya MLA on Saturday
Manish Sisodia

65 AAP MLA’s were detained by police on Sunday.

The legislators including Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was detained at the Tughlaq Road.

“All the MLAs including Sisodia have been detained and taken to the Tughlaq Road police station,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal said.

Sisodia was leading a march to prime minister Narendra Modi’s official residence at the adjoining Race Course Road to protest against the BJP’s alleged obstructionism and targeting of Delhi government.

“We will all go and surrender ourselves to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There is an attempt by the BJP to stop the AAP government from working.”

“Every day they are arresting our MLAs. They have problem with AAP. But why are they impeding Delhi government’s good work,” Sisodia said.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had on Sunday tweeted that Sisodia will surrender to Modi at his official residence. The move comes a day after a vegetable and fruit vendors trade association had filed a complaint against Sisodia.

The deputy chief minister had conducted a surprise check at the capital’s biggest fruit and vegetable market on Saturday evening. Sisodia had tweeted that some vendors who were operating illegally had threatened him.

Sisodia had said Modi would get the intimidation complaint changed and have him booked for extortion, violence and sexual harrassment.

The protest march also comes after AAP legislator Dinesh Mohaniya was arrested while holding a news conference on Saturday morning.

The Sangam Vihar MLA is accused of assaulting a woman in his constituency. He has been booked on charges of intimidation and sexual harassment.

The dramatic arrest of Mohaniya came on the 36th anniversay of the proclamation of Emergency in India.

Kejriwal and his party leaders said the police action reminded the dark days of Emergency.

“Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Mohaniya is the eighth MLA to be arrested after the AAP rode to power with a massive mandate in February 2015.

“BJP government has been trying to obstruct the good work of the AAP government. Why is there no action against the BJP legislators despite allegations. Why are only AAP legislators being targeted?” Delhi’s Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai said.

(With IANS inputs)