Accusing Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal of betraying their trust, auto drivers in Delhi launched a poster campaign against him on March 14.
More than a hundred autorickshaws carrying posters against Kejriwal were lined up in the grounds of Ambedkar Bhawan near Jhandewalan.
The drivers associated with Nyayabhoomi, an NGO working for the welfare of auto drivers, claimed that during its 49 days rule, AAP government did not do anything for the benefit of auto drivers.
On posters pasted on the back of their autos, they listed the promises that Kejriwal made before the Delhi Assembly elections but failed to fulfill, such as arrest of auto finance mafia, creation of thousands of auto stands, rationalization of auto fare, bank loan facilities, easing of permit conditions, etc.
“Kejriwal used auto drivers and exploited them emotionally but did not deliver anything other than speeches and promises to them,” said Shailendra Sharma, an auto driver who claims to be closely associated with Kejriwal during the campaigning for Delhi assembly elections.
“We feel cheated. Mr. Kejriwal lied to us when he addressed a rally of auto drivers in Burari on February 7 by claiming that our autos will not be impounded on small excuses. The fact is that the autos continue to be impounded and auto drivers are paying fines in excess of Rs.10,000,” asserted Satish Saluja, another auto driver.
Raising slogans against Kejriwal and AAP, auto drivers vowed that they will not let him dupe the people of this nation.
“We will be distributing lakhs of pamphlets to Delhi’s auto drivers exposing the true face of Kejriwal and fix posters on every autorickshaw in the city in the coming days,” said Rakesh Agarwal, secretary, Nyayabhoomi.
Forty drivers were formed into eight teams which fanned out across Delhi to affix these posters on autos.
“We will fix these posters on every other autorickshaw within the next 10 days in Delhi,” stated Agarwal.