Mayors camped outside CM’s residence bang thaalis to register protest
The mayors of the city’s three municipal corporations — north, south and east — along with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillors continued their protest outside Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Saturday by beating thaalis (plates).
A statement issued by the three mayors read that this was done to “wake the Delhi CM up from his slumber” and to make him listen to their grievances.
North Delhi mayor Jai Prakash said that the three mayors of Delhi municipalities had been sitting on a protest outside the CM’s residence for six consecutive days now with a demand that the government releases Rs 13,000 crore funds that it allegedly owes to the corporations.
“The CM has not tried to meet us once. Because of this, we decided to bang plates today to make him listen to our grievances,” Prakash said.
He added that the mayors will continue their protest till the money is released by the Delhi government.
Reacting to the protests Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and legislator Atishi on Saturday said that AAP leaders will protest outside L-G Anil Baijal and Union home minister Amit Shah’s residence demanding a CBI inquiry on North civic body for misappropriating funds to the tune of over Rs 2,000 crore.
The state government has also ordered an inquiry into the alleged fraud. The North civic body denies all the allegations.
On Friday, the mayors had said that they will continue to run their offices from outside Kejriwal’s residence from Monday onwards.
The AAP in a statement on Friday had said the mayors’ protest outside the chief minister’s residence was done to harass the CM, and distract attention from the farmers’ protest. The party said the mayors were aware that the government had given all the funds, but it was because of corruption that they were facing financial problems.