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Kejriwal rules out talks, will flood Rajpath with AAP supporters

New Delhi, Jan 21 (PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ruled out negotiations with the Union government, threatening instead to flood Rajpath with lakhs of Aam Aadmi Party supporters ahead of the January 26 Republic Day parade.

Demanding action against policemen who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring on a Delhi minister's directive last week, he continued his dharna for the second day near the Rail Bhavan, not far from Raisina Hill, the place from where the Republic Day parade starts every year.

He ruled out any negotiations to end the protest, saying the safety of women in the capital is not a matter of negotiation.

“The people protesting here are not Pakistanis or Americans. They are our own people. Shinde is saying that we will we will celebrate Republic Day but for whom? The VIPs will watch the floats and parades. That is not Republic Day.

“We will continue our protest. How can Home Minister (Sushilkumar) Shinde sleep when so many crimes are happening in Delhi? When women are unsafe in the city? We won't negotiate,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Attacking Shinde for ruling out action against police officials who refused to raid the alleged drug and prostitution ring, he said, “I would urge him not to back his men but back the people of India.

”The lower level police officials are with us. A man resigned and came to join us. He had tears in his eyes. Another man who was shouting slogans in our favour has been suspended. There will be a rebellion in Delhi Police too,” Kejriwal claimed.

He questioned the Delhi Police advise to them to shift their protest to Jantar Mantar.

“I am being told to sit at Jantar Mantar. I am the Chief Minister. I can sit wherever I want. Who are they to tell us what to do. He is not the Chief Minister of Delhi. Who is Shinde to say where the Chief Minister of Delhi will sit,” the Chief Minister said.