Auto-rickshaw drivers supporting AAP are being harassed
New Delhi: Unable to find place in hearts of citizen of Delhi, who are looking at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as their hope for cleansing of politics, political rivals are resorting to cheaper tactics as they are damaging AAP’s hoardings and posters across the city.
There also seems to be a campaign against auto-rickshaws, which have AAP’s posters, as they are being harassed regularly by authorities – mainly Delhi Police.
For Delhi Assembly elections, AAP got hoardings at over 200 public utilities across Delhi. All this has been done legally after securing all permissions. However, we have found that at more than 50% of those sites, the hoardings have been either torn off or are damaged.
Similar hoardings, posters or publicity materials at many such places of other political parties at many similar locations are, however, intact.
Similarly, we have all legal permissions for AAP’s poster to be pasted behind auto-rickshaws. But all those auto-rickshaw drivers, who have AAP’s posters on their vehicle, are being harassed by authorities especially Delhi Police. In many cases, these drivers are being fined, even when they have all papers to run autos.
In couple of cases that came to us, auto-rickshaw drivers were challaned for having AAP posters on their vehicle. This is a clear violation of directions of election commission which has clarified that auto-rickshaws can have AAP’s posters. We have also complained to EC about these cases.
From some places, we have also got complaints of auto drivers being harassed by volunteers of other political parties in the city for putting AAP’s posters. Not just that, we have had cases wherein stickers of AAP pasted by people on their private vehicles have been removed by police.
In all, we have over 3,000 complaints from auto-rickshaw drivers who narrated their ordeal either in person or on our helpline. AAP is in constant touch with these auto-rickshaw drivers and would do everything to solve their problems.
But AAP asks whether Delhi police is working under directions of the Election Commissions or someone else. Is it not supposed to follow EC guidelines?
We condemn all these cheap tactics of the other political parties. They are resorting to such methods because they have nothing to present to people of Delhi.
People have shown a tremendous faith in AAP as they want a clean, effective and honest political alternative. AAP will not be deterred by such tactics and will continue its efforts of reaching all people in Delhi.