The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Gujarat will be holding celebrations across the state on December 28, when Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as the chief minister of Delhi.
The party, whose symbol is a broom, plans to celebrate Kejriwal’s swearing-in, in a unique way in the city. The workers and volunteers will gather at Jamalpur in the evening to clean the place.
“The party is looking at clean politics. What better way to celebrate our victory in Delhi than cleaning up Jamalpur area, where garbage gets dumped everyday and hardly gets cleaned,” said Sukhdev Patel, convenor, AAP Gujarat executive committee. Similar clean up activities will be carried out across the state, said Patel.
Meanwhile, AAP also criticised the Gujarat government in its treatment towards manhole workers.
“The cleaning up will also be our way of sympathising with their cause,” said Patel.
Kirit Rathod of Navsarjan, who was present at the press conference, said that the Gujarat government in a submission to the Supreme Court (SC) stated that there was no manual scavenging in the state. However, a government resolution mentions that the state has over 50,000 manual workers.
“The government even has a compensation scheme for workers, who die on the job. If there are no manual scavengers, then why compensation scheme for them?” said Rathod.
He added that since 2005, 89 manhole workers had died in the state, of which only 55 were compensated. “As per rules, if a manhole worker dies, a case of negligence is to be filed. But most of the time, the police register it as a case of accidental death,” said Rathod. He also said that Gujarat had the fourth highest number of manhole workers. “Our chief minister is busy pitying the cause of Dalits in Bihar, but the state has few manhole workers than Gujarat, which claims to be developed,” said Rathod.