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Rashid Alvi backs Ajit Singh over eviction notice

New Delhi, Sept. 18 (ANI): Amid the ongoing protests against the Centre’s move to evict Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh from his official residence in Delhi, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Thursday said the government must contemplate over converting the bungalow into a memorial for former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.

“Chaudhary Charan Singh was a leader of the farmers, the country respects him. The government must consider making a memorial, there is no harm in it,” he said.

Meanwhile, RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary said the government must listen to the demands of the people.

“The people are congregating. They have certain demands and the government must listen to them. People’s sentiments are connected to this place. They want that whenever they come here, the doors should be open for them,” he said.

Thousands of RLD supporters pelted stones at the police earlier today during a protest against the government’s move to evict Ajit Singh from his official residence in New Delhi.

The RLD supporters, who were accompanied by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists, attempted to cut the water supply to the national capital from the Gangnahar Muradnagar plant but were prevented by the police from doing so.

At least 18 people were injured as the police fired water cannons and baton-charged the protestors to bring the situation under control.

Haryana Chief Minister B S Hooda Hooda has written to Urban development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, saying evicting the RLD chief from his bungalow is a discourteous act.

The farmers have been demanding that the bungalow should be converted into Smriti Bhawan in honour of the former prime minister. (ANI)