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Arvind Kejriwal asks Delhi Police not to allow media close to him during protest against Land Bill: sources

Apr 22, 2015 10:28 AM IST India India

New Delhi: In an attempt to escape tough questions on the rebellion and controversies that have hit the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked Delhi Police not to allow media close to him during the protest march against the Narendra Modi government's Land Bill, said sources on Wednesday.

The police control room has alerted district police after the Joint Secretary to Chief Minister flashed a message on the wireless set on Tuesday, sources added.

Kejriwal will lead a protest rally against the new Land Bill at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. AAP workers and supporters will march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament even though Delhi Police has already denied permission to the party to hold the rally.

Section 144 of CrPC is already in place in New Delhi area as Parliament is in session. Senior officers of Delhi Police said that action will be taken against anyone violating prohibitory orders.

Additional forces are to be positioned to prevent AAP supporters from marching towards Parliament.

The AAP is demanding withdrawal of the land ordinance saying that cosmetic amendments will not work. The party has backed UPA's version of the Land Bill.

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, "The BJP's Land Ordinance is a 'black law' and we will protest against it. Just changing a few sections of the Bill won't do good. 80 per cent farmers consent was needed earlier and it was changed by the NDA. Earlier fertile land couldn't be taken over, that will change."

Promising to stand by farmers in their hour of need, another AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said, "Farmers have not been given any support by the government. We want the Prime Minister to intervene and give relief to farmers. We don't want to politicise the issue. We will stand by farmers."

AAP had on Monday expelled Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha for gross indiscipline and anti-party activities. The decision to expel the four leaders was taken at AAP National Disciplinary Committee which met on April 20.

AAP claimed that Yadav, Bhushan and Kumar violated the code of conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of the party's constitution. Jha failed to furnish his response but he was also charged with the same offence as the other three.