A day after a woman AAP volunteer allegedly killed herself in outer Delhi’s Narela, the BJP held the party responsible for her death, while AAP hit back by accusing the latter of engaging in “politics over corpses”.
The woman, Soni (28), had allegedly committed suicide after the man accused of molesting her — Ramesh Bhardwaj — was released on bail. Stepping up its attack against AAP, Delhi BJP leaders held a press conference Wednesday where Soni’s husband Ashok Mishra and her daughter, a student of Class VII, were present. The BJP leaders demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal.
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Vijender Gupta, leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, claimed that Kejriwal’s political advisor Gopal Mohan had “hushed up” the incident, as Soni was allegedly molested by a party leader.
“Soni and her family members approached the Chief Minister but he didn’t even meet them. Even the DCW sent them back. When she went to AAP leader Dilip Pandey, he asked her to ‘compromise’. She was harassed… goons were sent to her home… ,” said Gupta.
The BJP leader questioned Kejriwal’s “silence” on the issue, saying, “Why is the Chief Minister not tweeting now.. he has a habit of tweeting even on minor things… he should take responsibility for Soni’s death.”
Soni’s husband claimed it was a case of murder, not suicide. “She was suffering from depression for two months. The pressure on her was mounting… she was being stalked by goons. Police did not do anything,” said Mishra.
However, the AAP refuted the BJP’s claims and accused it of engaging in “politics over corpses”. The party’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey claimed that the accused Ramesh, who was arrested and later released on bail, was not a member of AAP, as being claimed by the BJP. He claimed that the party had extended all possible help to the woman when she had approached it with the complaint.
“It is a fact that she had contacted the party. The party assisted her and got an FIR lodged. In fact, the Chief Minister’s Office had called the DCP’s office in this regard, but the police chose not to act and the accused secured bail. BJP leader Vijender Gupta is politicising the issue. He has stalled the post-mortem of the body. BJP has a history of doing politics over dead bodies,” Pandey told reporters.
AAP leader Ashutosh accused Gupta of “stooping to an unprecedented low”.
“Gupta has taken the family of the victim somewhere. The family is being forced to name AAP in the case. What sort of politics is this,” he said.
AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said, “At every step, the party has helped the woman in trying to get justice. We sent her to the DCW for assistance. We also helped her file an FIR through the Chief Minister’s public grievance system. A young girl has died and the BJP is playing politics over corpses. We never thought they would stoop so low.”
Meanwhile, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal tweeted, “V sad case of Soni suicide. DCW counselor met SHO ACP n got her FIR filed. Court gv bail to accused. We demand strictest action in this case.”