AAP’s Twitter handle claims that Kejriwal was put under house arrest for attending the farmer’s protests
New Delhi: A day after visiting the protesting farmers at the Delhi border, CM Arvind Kejriwal has been put under house arrest. Kejriwal visted the farmers on the evening of 7th December and engaged with the protestors.
“I am here as a volunteer not a chief minister,” Kerjriwal said addressing the media. “Our party workers, MLAs, Associates have come here to stand in solidarity with these farmers and not in any official position ” The CM further clarified.
The party put out a statement on Twitter alleging that since the CM arrived back at his residence from the protest, he has been put under house arrest with restrictions placed on his movements. The official handle of The DCP North Delhi replied to this claiming the allegation was incorrect along with a picture of the CM’s residence
Delhi Police Deny Kejriwal’s house arrest allegations
Whether the allegation of house arrest is true or not is up for debate. The Delhi police’s claim of free movement can however be disputed. AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi was arrested and then dragged away by the police on trying to meet with Kejriwal after his visit to the protest sites. He posted a video backing up this claim on Twitter.
Kejriwal’s AAP has stood in solidarity with the farmers since the protest started earlier last week. AAP has arranged for water stations and medical vans in and around the protest site. Though one can see through the ulterior political motivations it is a good gesture towards peaceful protestors none-the-less
Opposition leaders in the BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh also faced severe clampdowns when they tried to join the protests. Former CM Akhilesh Yadav was detained for conducting a Dharna outside his residence in Lucknow. Several Samajwadi Party leaders had also been detained earlier in the day before blocking all routes to Yadav’s residence.