BJP leader and North Delhi Municipal corporation (NDMC) Mayor Preeti Aggarwal has stoked a controversy after she purportedly suggested her aides not to talk about the building that was engulfed in a massive fire on Saturday evening in Bawana, which left 17 people dead.
In an ANI video, Aggarwal was caught on camera telling her aide, “iss factory ki licensing hamare paas hai isliye hum kuch nahi bol sakte (license of this factory is with us. So we can’t speak about it).”
Denying the allegations, the BJP leader called it a fake video and instead blamed the Aam Aadmi Party for circulating the video on social media platforms to “politicise the death of the people”. She also demanded an apology from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for retweeting the video.
Aggrawal visited the spot to take stock of the situation as the area falls under her Corporation. Her statements elicited harsh criticism from AAP and Congress leaders among others. AAP accused the BJP-led corporation of maintaining silence on the death of innocent people and do politics over it.
BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari also targetted CM Kejriwal over the video and said, “There can be no deed more lowly and downtrodden than this; at a time when tragic deaths of 17 people took place, Delhi CM Kejriwal is tweeting a fake video. This site, this factory, its licence- everything belongs to Delhi government’s Industry Department. It was being run illegally under Arvind Kejriwal.”
Seventeen people were killed, including seven women, in a fire that broke out at an illegal firecracker storage unit in Bawana Industrial Area of Delhi on Saturday. Around 50 workers were trapped inside the three-floor unit, and Delhi Fire Services said a majority of the deaths were caused by burns while a few died after inhaling toxic fumes.