‘Govt wants to end protest culture’
Sanjay Kumar, a social worker, who has been sitting on dharnas, on and off, since 1996, joined a handful of people sitting on the Parliament Street after being evacuated from Jantar Mantar on Monday. Kumar, who works as a newspaper hawker, termed the NGT decision a “danger to democracy”. “The government is well aware of the fact that the people sitting on dharnas are really poor and will not be able to afford the charges at Ramlila Maidan,” he said. Claiming that no protester was willing to move to the Ramila Maidan, Kumar said, “The protesters eat at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, which is a kilometre from here. There are trees and toilets here. How will people protest themselves from the hot sun and the cold during peak summers or winters at the Ramlila Maidan? Who will provide them food?” he asked. “If there is no access to food and shade, who will protest beyond one day? They just want to put an end to the culture of protest in the Capital,” Kumar added.