The reversal of the order came about after MPs of various parties raised the issue in Parliament terming it "highly objectionable" and sought protection of their fundamental rights.

After hours of confusion over the permission, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said that section 144 does not prohibit people walking peacefully.

A letter earlier issued in the name of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Jatin Narwal had notified that police had 'learnt' about the march and advised the MPs not to carry on with the plans as Section 144 CrPC (unlawful assembly) remains imposed throughout the year in the area around Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Three companies of Delhi Police and one of Paramilitary Forces were deployed in the area in riot gear. Barricades were set up and water cannons were also placed on the route leading from Parliament to the President's House.

Confusion prevailed over permission for the march even as even senior officials, awaiting instructions, were deployed at the spot till Bassi's statement came about at around 4 pm.

"If there is a demonstration, we prohibit it. But if somebody walks why would we stop them?"

He however said police would ensure that no violation of rules takes place. "Whatever security arrangements are required, (it) will be done."

Sources said that security agencies decided to allow the leaders and MPs to carry out the march, but if a large number of workers join them, they may have stopped them.

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