Activism is a part of national capital political culture and it occurs after certain intervals. This time the state witnessed strong activism on streets by none other than the newly elected chief minister of the state, Arvind Kejriwal. The chief minister called off the protest after two police cops were sent on leave. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Arvind Kejriwal were on street for two days demanding suspension and later transfer of those police officials who confronted Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti's order to arrest the Ugandan women speculated of being involved in sex and drug trafficking.
But this protest of his slammed him critically. The entire political fraternity trashed him by fierce criticism. Starting from the common mass to the prominent political parties of the country, no one supported him. Daily commuters faced utter disturbance due to such a protest. The dharna of Arvind Kejriwal disrupted the flow of metro in four metro stations in the north block. Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course remained closed from 6AM on January 21. Not only this, the dharna also blocked the major roads of the city. This made many commuters to face a lot of problems. Those going to schools and offices were interrupted and reached late at their destination.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongly criticized even the settlement made between AAP and Delhi police and asked AAP why they held the drama for so long when they only wanted to send two involved police officers on leave. Congress on other hand seemed very angry with Kejriwal. Congress was disappointed with the performance and conduct of AAP. When asked about whether they will withdraw their support from the party, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress party spokesman confirmed that they will not take away the support as this will make Kejriwal's party a 'martyr' and this will help them to gain sympathy from public. He even laid stress that appropriate decision will be taken at an appropriate time by the party.
Amidst all these criticism, it was only Samajwadi party who surprised all and bought a shower of support to AAP for its protest. Ram Gopal Yadav, party's general secretary stated that everybody has the right to protest in India and Delhi CM is not different from it. Arvind Kejriwal also has the right to protest democratically.
Kejriwal looked very happy with the decision and even quoted this as the people's victory. He stated that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung appealed to the party to end the dharna considering the Republic Day preparations were ahead and this forced them to end the protest as they never want to disrupt the Republic Day parade. He further added that he will continue to work for women safety in the state. After the protest was called off, Kejriwal apologized to the entire city people for the inconvenience caused due to the dharna but negative impact have already been marked among people for the time being.