The Congress, which has offered outside support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to form the government in Delhi, said that a government cannot be run from the streets. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called the protest ‘anarchic and a gimmick’.
 
In an unprecedented action that put his government on a collision course with the Delhi Police, Kejriwal and his ministers began a dharna outside Rail Bhavan demanding action against police officials who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution racket in South Delhi last week.
     
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today asked Kejriwal to maintain the dignity of the office he holds.
     
"He should maintain 'garima' (dignity) of the chair of
Chief Minister and wait till the judicial probe is completed.
After all he is a Chief Minister...,(which is) a high post. He should cooperate," Shinde told reporters in Delhi.
 
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said the bureaucrat-turned-activist-turned politician must realize that no government can be run by staging dharnas.
     
"Kejriwal must understand that a government is run through Assemblies or Parliament and from the streets of any city," he told reporters in Bhopal.
    
The Congress leader further said Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party should not interfere in the working of the Delhi Police, which should be allowed to do its duty.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman termed the protest to be a mock-fight between AAP and its ally Congress.
    
"The situation we have seen today on the streets of Delhi is anarchic. This is a mock-fight between AAP and its ally Congress. Such an agitation--which is taking place near Rajpath where the Republic Day rehearsals are on-- affects the aam admi (common man) and both the parties are responsible for it," she said.
      
Sitharaman said the issues being flagged by AAP are important but the manner in which it has gone about it is not acceptable.
          
"This is a government which is like a fish out of water in the Delhi secretariat and is hence out on the streets reliving its activist days rather than running the administration," she said.

(Agencies)

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