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Delhi Police deny permission for ‘Car-Free Day’ on Dussehra

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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday denied permission to the Aam Aadmi Party to hold the ‘Car-Free Day’ event on Dussehra, October 22, saying the government did not hold prior consultation with the force before taking a decision in this regard.

The government had planned to implement the initiative on the stretch from the Red Fort to India Gate running through ITO – the arterial and busiest Netaji Subhash Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, and Tilak Marg.

In his letter to Chief Secretary KK Sharma, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said the selection of date — October 22 — for such an event seemed to be hasty and quite impractical as people would be celebrating Dussehra on the day.

“Surprisingly, there was no prior consultation with Delhi Police before taking the decision for holding such an event or regarding the suitability of the date proposed. The choice of date, ie 22.10.2015, for such an event seems to be hasty and quite impractical,” Bassi said in his letter.

“It is the day of Dussehra festival which people celebrate by going out in large numbers with their families. The proposed Car-Free stretch from Lal Qila to India Gate is home to some of Delhi’s most popular and traditional Ram Lilas.”

He also said that there would be immersion of Durga idols at the Yamuna ghats on the same date.

These occasions demand massive police arrangements all over the city for safety and security of citizens, and maintaining law and order. Besides, there would also be VVIP movements, the police commissioner pointed out.

Bassi said that Delhi Police being the primary agency responsible for regulation of traffic in the city are the first stakeholder in any such event which has a direct impact on the smooth flow of traffic, and needed to be consulted.

The police commissioner said that roads for such events have to be very carefully chosen, and that major arterial roads have to be avoided since their closure would shift the traffic load to other adjoining roads, choking the rest of Delhi.

Delhi Police have asked the AAP government to choose a suitable, alternative route for this event on some other non-working day on the stretch between Chhata railway station and Delhi Gate crossing, but sources said the government is not interested in the alternative route suggested by police.

 

(IANS)

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BJP Protests Outside Sisodia’s Residence, Demands Kejriwal’s Resignation

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The Delhi BJP on Thursday staged a protest outside Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's residence. IANS

The Delhi BJP on Thursday staged a protest outside Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence here against the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation.

Hundreds of Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers assembled outside Sisodia’s residence on Mathura Road and raised slogans against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

The protest was led by Delhi BJP General Secretary Kuljeet Singh Chahal.

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Addressing the workers, Chahal said: “Kejriwal and his party leaders must apologize to Prakash for their behavior.”

He also accused the AAP government and Kejriwal of not acting against his MLAs who allegedly assaulted the Chief Secretary.

“They are promoting urban Naxalism mindset in the people of the city. This kind of lawlessness was never seen before in the city.

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“Thus the Chief Minister and his ministers must resign,” said Kuljeet Singh Chahal. Wikimedia Commons

The BJP protest came in the wake of the alleged assault on Prakash during a meeting at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night.

Prakash has alleged that he was beaten up by Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan and another MLA in the presence of Kejriwal.

The Delhi Police has arrested Khan and Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal.

The Delhi BJP workers also staged protests at several places in the city demanding the dismissal of all the AAP MLAs including the disqualified MLAs.

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Meanwhile, Delhi BJP spokesperson and son of the first Delhi Chief Minister Madanlal Khurana, Harish Khurana, along with party workers protested outside the AAP Moti Nagar MLA’s office.

Khurana told IANS: “We took out a bike rally in Moti Nagar constituency over the present administrative situation in the national capital.

“The way Kejriwal government is behaving, it is clear that the entire administration has been stalled.

“And if the top official of the Delhi government can be attacked inside the Chief Minister’s residence then one can imagine how much a common man is safe on the streets of Delhi,” he said.

He added that in the Moti Nagar constituency, the people do not get proper water or electricity. (IANS)

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