By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal
Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday defended his party’s protest against the police on the streets of New Delhi and blamed the media for “unsympathetic” coverage.
Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP, or “common man’s party”, ended his planned 10-day “dharna” after two days on Tuesday.
The protests were unusual considering state chief ministers do not use street protests to achieve their ends. Last week, the party accused two police officers of negligence, one of whom was in charge in the tourist area where a Danish woman was reportedly gang-raped.
The party has been demanding that control of the state police, widely seen as corrupt and ineffective, should be transferred from the central government to the Delhi government which the AAP took over in elections in December.
Yadav, speaking during an interview at his home in Delhi, said questions that require boundaries of legality to be shifted significantly are often decided on the street and not “inside four walls”.