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AAP s protest at MCD House: Patriotic songs, snacks and camaraderie

Hot cups of chai, snacks, patriotic songs and dollops of camaraderie -- this is how AAP members sustained their nearly five-hour-long peaceful protest inside the chamber of the municipal House which failed to elect a mayor on Tuesday. Soon as the House was adjourned till a further date by presiding officer Satya Sharma around 3 pm, AAP members, including its 13 MLAs and three MPs, refused to budge from it, and accused the BJP of running away from the mayoral poll . The protest was finally called off around 8 pm when party MP Sanjay Singh and MLA Durgesh Pathak addressed the AAP leaders, and asserted that their mayor and deputy mayor will be eventually elected. Earlier, the AAP members seemed to made merry while lodging a protest sitting in the Aruna Asaf Ali hall. Many councillors took turns to sing songs, largely patriotic numbers like Rang de Basanti , Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon and Dil Diya Hai , and one member even recited Vande Mataram . The House proceedings began around 1


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