When the indefinite fast of two AAP leaders here entered the fourth day on Saturday, the party said it will intensify the agitation against the ruling BJP in Gujarat over the alleged leak of the exam for the recruitment of chief secretaries in government departments.
Delhi MLA and Gujarat’s Aam Aadmi Party chief Gulab Singh Yadav and state leader Mahesh Savani have been on hunger strike at the party’s office here since Wednesday.
On Monday, several AAP leaders and workers, including the head of the state unit Gopal Italia, were detained (and later arrested) after they broke into the BJP headquarters in Gandhinagar during a protest over the leak of the paper.
While 28 arrested female members were released on Saturday after obtaining bail from the court, 65 male activists, including Italy, remain in jail, party leader Manoj Sorathiya said here. “It is a reflection of the mentality of the BJP that, despite the protests, the government has not removed Asit Vora (chairman of the Gujarat Subordinate Services Selection Board, which organizes the contest),” he told reporters.
The party will launch a door-to-door campaign “to expose the mindset of the BJP and gain the support of the people for the protest,” Sorathiya said. The AAP had requested permission from the police to organize the hunger strike near Gandhi Ashram here, but it was denied without valid reason, and has now moved to the Gujarat High Court to challenge it, he added.
“The party’s national chairman and Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, is monitoring developments and is likely to visit Gujarat soon,” he said. Bail requests from Italy and others are likely to be heard next week, Sorathiya said.
The arrested AAP members were registered in the IPC sections related to riots, sexual harassment, assault, burglary, assault on public servants, undue restraint and illegal assembly, among others. The Gujarat government initially maintained that it had not found any concrete evidence regarding the leaking of the questionnaire.
Subsequently, the North Gujarat police arrested eight people for allegedly obtaining the paper from a newspaper clerk where it was printed. The AAP has also demanded compensation for ₹50,000 each for around 88,000 candidates who appeared for the recruiting exam on December 12.
Subsequently, the exam was declared canceled.
This story has been published from a news agency feed with no changes to the text. Only the title has been changed.