New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been placed under house arrest by the police ever since he met with the protesting farmers yesterday and has been forced to cancel his meetings, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged this morning. The Delhi Police denied the charge.
AAP also alleged that the Chief Minister was deliberately blocked because of the Bharat Bandh called by farmers protesting against the central government’s new farm laws.
The party said Delhi Police, on orders from the Union Home Ministry, got the three mayors of the city’s various civic bodies to protest in front of the Chief Minister’s home and used it as an excuse to block the exits. AAP claimed Kejriwal’s residence had been barricaded completely, with none allowed to enter or leave the premises.
All of his official meetings have been canceled for the day, given the circumstances, AAP leaders said.
Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner for North District, Anto Alphonse, denied the party’s allegations, dubbing them “lies” and “baseless.” “We are alert. Arvind Kejriwal left home at around 8 pm yesterday and returned around 10 pm. There is no issue at all,” Alphonse said.
Kejriwal had visited the Singhu border point between Delhi and Haryana on Monday to meet the farmers’ protesting and review arrangements. Thousands of farmers have been parked there, along with other border points with Delhi and other states, in protest against the central government’s farm laws passed in September.