Sonipat: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) contract workers who had been sitting on a protest at DTC headquarter Indraprastha depot over a month now, reached Sonipat where Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was holding his school and hospital rally.
Agitating workers of DTC raised slogans and tried to disrupt his rally ended in a clash between his supporters and protesting workers.
Haryana police used minor force to handle the agitating workers and later they were detained from the HUDA Park in sector 15.
DTC Contract Employees Union (DTCCEU)has alleged that Aam Admi Party Haryana President Naveen Jaihind and his supporters beaten them and gave them open threats. DTCCEU President Balmiki Jha who led the protest told that first AAP supporters have beaten them and later Haryana Police also came and thrashed them and took them to Sector 15 police station. Later in the evening, they were released by the police.
DTC contractual workers are demanding their revocation of termination and equal pay for equal work and have threatened to go on strike once again. Their agitation at Indraprastha depot has entered the 58th day.
On December 6, Delhi CM addressed a meeting in Vikaspuri assembly area and announced from the stage that he was not aware of the DTC contract workers demand and asked them to come and meet him at his residence.
DTC workers made his video while he promised to meet them. Here is what Kejriwal said:
President Balmiki Jha said that they have tried all their options of reaching and approaching Delhi Chief Minister democratically which includes a sit-in protest at his residence. “On December 7, we were called by the CM at his residence and when we reached there we were told that our CM is not feeling well and won’t be meeting anyone. We sat on protest at his residence and after 6 to 7 hours his team members assured us that he will meet us next Monday. But so far nothing has happened and we were forced to follow him and we just want to meet them and asked why he is not helping us,” said Jha.
DTC workers have been planning for a collective strike again on these three consecutive days starting from December 21, 22, and 23 likely. “Final confirmation of the date will be made very soon but the strike will happen at any cost and we won’t stop unless our demands are fulfilled,” says Balmiki Jha.
It had been almost two months since the protest by the contractual DTC workers started. Earlier these workers have also called for a strike and Delhi LG has imposed ESMA and as a result of that, several workers claimed that they had been retrenched from their jobs.
8 DTC workers who participated in the February 5 protest, had been thrown out of the job and a DTC official in the name of anonymity has confirmed that they won’t be taken back. He further added that all these eight were their leaders who initiated the protest and that’s why they have been shown the door,
Hoever, DTCCEU President said, “We have tried to contact Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal several times and also submitted written complaints to his office but there has been no response yet so far and no communication has either been made by his office to our demands.”
“Around 200 contractual workers had reached Kejriwal Sonipat rally and were sitting peacefully with placards we only started shouting slogans when Kejriwal started talking about schools and hospitals and his politics,” said Jha.
Agitating workers alleged that they were thrashed by civil dressed AAP workers.
“We were peaceful throughout but, Haryana AAP president Naveen Jaihaind ordered from the stage to kick us out from the spot. following that some civil dressed people started beating us and later in the police station it continued. sector 15 SHO Jaipraksh allowed these AAP goons to hit us mercilessly and we have received multiple internal injuries,” said Lalit.
“Balmiki Jha and Lait has alleged of listening troubles and Sanjeev and Deepak have also received internal fractures,” said Lalit.
DTC Contract Employees Union denied that LG of Delhi has any role in this, rather President Jha said that without Kejriwal signature such punitive actions are unexpected. “Even if this is by the LG order the file related to our termination order will be signed by the CM Kejriwal,” said lalit.