Kejriwal woos auto drivers again

Kejriwal woos auto drivers again

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal moved to woo autorickshaw drivers at a rally in Ramlila Ground on Thursday, as prospects of fresh Assembly election seem real after no party has been able to form a government in Delhi.

Alleging police’s high-handedness and corruption in the President’s Rule, Kejriwal said, “Auto drivers end up paying Rs 5,000-10,000 as bribe every month.”

“I had asked auto drivers to swear by their children and shun dishonesty. They even did!” he added, while pointing out that during the 49-day rule of AAP, police harassment and corruption was curbed successfully.

The rally saw participation of top party functionaries who expressed their confidence in coming back to power if fresh elections are held.

After major political drubbing in the parliamentary election, AAP saw Thursday’s rally as a precursor of gauging the popularity it enjoys.

The AAP chief said his party had turned over one lakh autorickshaw drivers into a strong voter base which every party is trying to win over.

The party also announced a helpline number for autorickshaw drivers and promised its full support in redressing their grievances.

Kejriwal also used the platform for lashing out at the BJP and Congress for “not having any intention” to resolve people’s problems in the city.

On Sunday, his party is slated to hold another rally at Jantar Mantar to protest against President’s Rule in the city and non-dissolution of the Legislative Assembly.
Accusing police of harassing autorickshaw drivers, he said, “We will meet the Delhi Police Commissioner and Lt Governor and put forth a few issues. We will demand that any auto driver who is going for lunch or is driving back home should not be penalised.”