All India | Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: January 21, 2014 12:58 IST

AAP protest: in fight for toilets, Arvind Kejriwal's minister uses women's washroom

Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti uses a women’s washroom at Press Club

New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal‘s protest on the street, what he describes as a fight for freedom, has seen moments of a very basic struggle – for a washroom.

Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who is protesting along with the Chief Minister, was seen this morning coming out of the women’s restroom at the Press Club, though the men’s toilet was right next to it.

Women reporters had to wait as Mr Bharti used the washroom. When they confronted the minister, he simply walked away.

Mr Kejriwal accused the Centre of deliberately shutting down all toilets near the protest site.  He revealed that his ministers physically pushed mobile toilets inside the section that has been barricaded, as the lack of toilets had become a real emergency.

“All the toilets in the vicinity are closed,” complained the Chief Minister. “They let me use the Rail Bhawan toilet yesterday but today they aren’t. There are so many women here, where will they go?”

Young minister Saurabh Bhardwaj was seen using a datoon, or a Neem branch, to brush his teeth while talking to reporters.

Mr Kejriwal says his protest against the Delhi Police will continue indefinitely, or until Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde agrees to his demand to suspend three policemen for dereliction of duty.

For protesters, it means a daily scramble for toilets for the foreseeable future.

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