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Arvind Kejriwal's protest: Opinion divided whether it was proper

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 9:19pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: IANS

The street protest by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues may have ended, but it has left many people in the national capital divided on whether it was the right way to get things done.

Prem Chand, 26, a driver, who voted for the AAP, defended the activist-turned-politician's move to sit on a 'dharna'.

"He took this extreme step in such biting cold because the central government and police refused to listen to him. He had a valid reason to protest and the protest has had effect," Chand told IANS.

"People should entrust their faith in him, and let him function the way he wishes," he added.

The chief minister and his cabinet members ended their sit-in in the heart of Delhi after the Lt Governor agreed partially to his demands Tuesday evening.

Dipankar Das, 30, a web designer, said if the protest had continued he would have taken a day's leave to join it.

"This is the right way to shake up the system.. The police is highly corrupt," he told IANS.

Krishna Menon, a communications manager from Kerala, said he supported the AAP's protest movement.

"Nothing has changed for over 65 years, maybe this is the right way to bring a change," Menon told IANS.

Deepa Rana, who works for a media house, said she approved of Kejriwal's method of protest. "This is the only way to talk about Delhi Police reforms," Rana told IANS.

However, there were some who did not approve of the protest sit-in.

"We voted for the 'jhaadu' (broom) to solve our problems. But it looks like they are involved in their own politics and had forgotten about us," said 22-year-old Pinky Rani, who works as a domestic help in Dwarka.

Sita Ram, 32, who works with a media house and is a BJP supporter, said Kejriwal's protest and demand for suspension of some police officials is "totally wrong".

"This is utter nonsense. He was sitting in such a sensitive area and creating a nuisance," said Ram.

"He should first try to solve the issues that are haunting his party internally, and then look at external issues," Ram told IANS.

Anita Devi, a washerwoman, said that coming out on the streets was "no way to get one's demands fulfilled".

"Yes, I agree that Delhi Police is extremely corrupt. But this is no way to get your demands fulfilled. Kejriwal should act like a proper administrator, and behave like Delhi's chief minister," she said.

But 23-year-old Deepak was appreciative of Kejriwal's move.

"Despite being a chief minister he slept on the footpath last night because he wanted to get some police officials suspended," said Deepak, a 23-year-old cook.

Though he did not approve of the inconvenience caused to the people, Deepak said the AAP was doing what no other party could do and termed it a "welcome change".


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