Activist Arvind Kejriwal‘s call to gherao Nitin Gadkari’s house on Sunday may come to a nought as the BJP President is going on a two-week holiday to Canada with his family.
Protesting against political parties in the wake of coal block allocations, Kejriwal on Friday announced gherao of the residences of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Sunday. However, the Delhi Police has not given permission to Team Anna to hold the rally as these localities are placed under prohibitory orders given that the Parliament is in session.
“Violation of its provisions will attract legal action and will be against the conditions of the undertaking to be furnished by the organiser. It is, therefore, incumbent upon you to advise your organisation to desist from indulging in any unlawful act which may disturb law and order,” additional commissioner (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi said in a letter to IAC activist Neeraj Kumar.
Unfazed by the warning, Kejriwal has asked his supporters to protest not just in Delhi but also outside the residences of the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in their respective states.
These states have been chosen as these are mine-rich states and have been mentioned in the CAG report on coal block allocations. CAG has said there was an estimated loss of Rs
1.86 lakh crore due to government’s decision to go for allocations instead of auctioning coal blocks.
However, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi expressed apprehension over targeting all parties on the coal block allocations. Bedi tweeted on Saturday morning, “I fully support Arvind’s call for Jantar Mantar rally. While I feel we need to focus on party in power, I respect his and others view to cover all!”