Bengaluru, April 23: Just a day before Gajendra Singh committed suicide by hanging from a tree in an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally in Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, a discussion had happened in the Lok Sabha over staging of protests near the Jantar Mantar in the national capital. [Was Jantar Mantar chosen as the rally venue to make use of the trees?]
In reply to questions by Ashwini Kumar, a Congress MP, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs HP Chaudhury said as per the instructions, Jantar Mantar doesn't have the capacity to hold more than 5,000 people and nor are vehicles allowed to be brought there. [Read the rules here]
In case a huge number of vehicles arrive there, the venue should be changed to the bigger Ram Lila Ground. In case the number is more than 5,000, the event has to be held in the Ram Lila Maidan. It was also said that the demonstrators can not be taken to the Jantar Mantar from the Ram Lila Ground. [AAP refused to cooperate, says Delhi Police]
Did the AAP choose Jantar Mantar so that police couldn't manage its drama?
At best, small groups of three to four persons can be taken for submission of memorandum. Only if the protesters number less than 5,000 can they be allowed to go to Jantar Mantar in a disciplined way.
For the Ram Lila Ground also, 50,000 is the maximum limit and the Burari Ground can be considered as an alternative if the numbers are that big.
If the protesters do not comply with the rules, then action will be taken against the violators.
Didn't Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party know this for there is hardly any issue related to public interest on this planet that this party doesn't know about. So why still the lawlessness that ultimately saw the death of a farmer?