The Indian Youth Congress, the youth wing of the party staged a massive protest outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday with the theme 'Do saal, Dilli Behal'. In a scathing attack, the protestors claimed that most of the demands ranging from free wi-fi to women's security continued to remain unfulfilled.
Removing corruption was one of the most prominent electoral promises of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that has its genesis in the anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare but Congress leader Amrinder Brar said, "Corruption is still deep rooted. Kejriwal failed to curb that."
He went on to allege, "For the last few months Delhi misses any governance. The entire Cabinet was in Punjab for polls. So who will take care of Delhi? Delhiites feel cheated." A protester who shouted slogans along with Brar said, "Certain areas in the national capital have not received water for months, while sanitation is in bad shape, with drains overflowing. I want to know what will Kejriwal do about it?"
The march of about 200 youths was led by Delhi's youth Congress president Amit Malik outside the chief minister's residence at the Civil Lines area.
"Kejriwal has not fulfilled any promises he had made during the election campaign. There are no free wi-fis, no security for women and no roads and flyovers constructed in the last two years," said Malik. The protest soon turned violent. Not only was the first layer of security barricade toppled but the second layer was also about to be bridged. The protesters termed Kejriwal's two years rule as 'Farziwal' and shouted slogans against the AAP.
Consequently, the Delhi Police had to resort to mild lathicharge and the use of water cannons to bring the disorderly crowd under control.
Notably, both the Congress and AAP are eyeing to get a sizeable share in the key MCD election that is scheduled next month in the national capital. The protest was a part of the Congress' strategy to garner votes. MCD is currently controlled by the Bharatiya Janata Party.