Kejri clears drain near PM's house

The Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal wielded the broom to clean a clogged drain in a neighbourhood not far from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence on Race Course road.

In a bid to claim its right on the “broom”, the party’s election symbol, Kejriwal had earlier called upon all its volunteers and members to join the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and assist safai karamcharis.

Interestingly, Valmiki Sadan, where PM Modi launched the cleanliness mission, turned out to be the place where AAP had launched their party’s election symbol. The Valmiki communities in Delhi are strong supporters of the party.

Kejriwal on Thursday launched his campaign at BR Camp, which is a slum located in the heart of Delhi and has a high concentration of people from Valmiki community. The area falls in the constituency of the New Delhi MLA. 

Several employees of the civic agency accompanied Kejriwal. He later had tea with them, said a party member. 

AAP MLAs and volunteers also took to streets to clear garbage heaps and sweep roads in their area. Patparganj MLA Manish Sisodia and his volunteers were armed with brooms and shovels to help sanitation workers in their job.

The campaign will become successful only when people try to understand the problem of sanitation workers, said Sisodia. 

The AAP workers and leaders were not equipped with gloves and masks while they were participating in the cleanliness drive. 

Taking party’s call seriously, some members of the newly launched AAP Youth Wing broke bread with safai karamcharis.

“AAP will launch a cleanliness drive on October 2,” the party in a tweet said. “All MLAs and leaders will work as helpers to Safai Karmcharis and help them in their work.”

The party had also launched a portal called “AAP Cleans” for broom wielding supporters to post their photographs.

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