Expelled AAP legislator Binny calls off hunger strike
Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny ended his hunger strike against the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government within three hours of starting it on “the advice of” anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare. No govt has achieved what AAP has in a month: KejriwalUpdated: Jan 27, 2014 19:44 IST
Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny ended his hunger strike against the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government within three hours of starting it on “the advice of” anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.
Binny said he was giving Kejriwal 10 more days to fulfill promises made to the people of Delhi.
The disgruntled legislator from Laxminagar constituency started the hunger strike around noon and called it off after three hours.
Speaking to a small group of protesters at Jantar Mantar, Binny said Kejriwal should have held a referendum before expelling him from the party and asked him to come clean on the issues raised by him.
"He should have organised a public meeting in my constituency (Laxmi Nagar) before arriving at any conclusion. After becoming chief minister of Delhi, he has become a dictator and is taking all decision on his own," he told reporters at Jantar Mantar.
The MLA said he would continue to raise public-related issues even if it amounted to indiscipline.
Instead of taking action against me, Kejriwal should have taken action against Law Minister Somnath Bharti who allegedly assaulted and misbehaved with African women during a midnight raid.
Binny was expelled from the party last night following a decision by the AAP's disciplinary committee.
"This disciplinary committee has decided to expel Vinod Kumar Binny and terminate his primary membership from the party, for publicly making false statements against the party and its leadership, thereby bringing disrepute to the party," the party had said in a statement.
Ten days ago Binny had called Kejriwal a "dictator" and accused the party of "betraying" the people of Delhi by backtracking on its election promises.
Before the dharna, he met Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and sought action against Bharti.
"We demanded that action be taken in Somnath-African woman case. The law minister assaulted and misbehaved with African women during the midnight raid. The LG has assured me that law is equal for everyone and let law take its course," he told reporters after meeting the LG.
Binny also claimed the decision to expel him was taken to gag other “dissatisfied” party MLAs.
His supporters were wearing black caps lettered 'anjaan aadmi’ (unware man) and shouting slogans against the government.
Carrying the national flag, a bunch of people wearing India Against Corruption caps also joined him.
Tina Sharma, a former BJP member who had joined the AAP recently, shared stage with Binny at Jantar Mantar.
Asked about Binny's claims that some other MLAs were disgruntled with the party, Kejriwal said, "Who is here to save the government, we are here to work for the people."
Maulana Ashrafi, a Muslim cleric who campaigned for the AAP during elections, said people like him were kept in dark on several issues. He said the AAP was not Arvind Kejriwal’s personal property.
No govt has achieved what AAP has in a month, says Arvind Kejriwal
First Published: Jan 27, 2014 12:10 IST