Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal left the auto mahasabha amid angry sloganeering by the drivers, who were seemingly unhappy with the announcements.
“We want auto-stands at the airport, near market places, at India Gate and Connaught Place. If we refuse a passenger in the evening when we are returning home, the police fine us. I stay in Najafgarh and if I am asked to go Ghazipur at night from central Delhi, then I will reach home at 2am. How do you expect us to go so far in the night?” said Pintu Kumar Gupta, one of the drivers.
The drivers also demanded badges and ID cards for them apart from ESI (Employees’ State Insurance) for their family members. “We want that the eligibility criteria for getting auto permits should be lowered,” said Shailendra Kumar, another autorickshaw driver.
“Sometimes the police staff in plain clothes board the auto and insist that we don’t turn on the meter. After travelling some distance, they complain to the traffic police that the meter wasn’t running,” complained Manvir Bharadwaj, an autorickshaw driver from Ajmeri Gate.