When they were not allowed to meet Dhawan, they decided to sit outside and protest. By afternoon, a decision was taken to release Dhawan. Thereafter, when the party president Sanjay Tandon came to Burail Jail, other BJP leaders objected and heated arguments ensued.
Gupta asked Tandon to return saying when he was not with them since morning, there was no need of him now. Gupta added that the BJP workers will manage the party on their own. An agitated Tandon argued that they had no idea about the efforts he had made.
A senior party leader said that when party leaders were being arrested, the party president was submitting a memorandum instead of extending his support. When the Prime Minister was in Chandigarh to handover keys of houses under rehabilitation scheme to beneficiaries, several BJP leaders were arrested, but no agitation was done by the party president.
The BJP president was absent from the scene when Dhawan held a protest with his supporters. Dhawan was arrested and sent to Burail Jail. As the demolition drive ended on Friday, orders for his release were issued. It is not the first time that there have been protests against Tandon. Earlier this year, party leaders and workers held a protest outside the BJP office against him. Several leaders were also issued showcause notices then.
Meanwhile, Tandon said, “Dharampal’s behaviour was obnoxious behaviour. He had no right to behave in this manner. He reacted without knowing anything. The party will take this issue seriously and the incident has been conveyed to senior party leaders.” He added that he met Dhawan a day earlier in jail and also had a word with officials for his release. It was already conveyed to him that Dhawan would be released on Friday.
‘It took me yrs to build that house, where do I go now?’
Sameedul, 85, built a hutment at Colony Number 5 some 30 years ago. Now, after three decades, she has nowhere to go. She along with hundred others have been left homeless after the demolition drive.
“Agar ek punya nahi kar sakte, to bura bhi mat karo mere