New Delhi : With a complaint being lodged against Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, 52 MLAs of the ruling AAP on Sunday created high drama here as they marched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to “surrender” him but they were detained more than a kilometre away. The MLAs, including six ministers, were detained for violating prohibitory orders around 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister, a high security area, reports PTI.
The police, which asserted that they would take action against anybody violating the law, detained them outside Race Course Metro station and took them to the Parliament Street police station. They were released after some time. Aam Aadmi Party has 67 MLAs in the House of 70. The latest confrontation between AAP government and the Centre was triggered over a complaint against Sisodia by the traders of Ghazipur market that he had threatened them. This came close on the heels of arrest of AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya on charges of molestation and sexual harassment on Saturday.
“I had just gone to tell Modi ji that let us work for the people of Delhi. If you are fond of arresting us then do it. Before they ask the police to arrest us, we said you have enmity against the MLAs. Arrest us. But don’t obstruct the work of Delhi,” said Sisodia who led the march. After his release, he said, “We (AAP MLAs) all went together. If you (PM) want to do politics of sending us to jail then we will all come to you. Send us to jail together. At least the Delhi Police can nab the rapists. Which is why we went, but they detained us.”
Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Complaint filed against Manish Sisodia yesterday. Manish will go to 7, RCR today to surrender himself before PM.” The decision to take out a march to the Prime Minister’s residence was taken at a meeting of Legislators called by Kejriwal on Sunday morning. It was attended even by Delhi Assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel and his deputy Rakhi Birla.