The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in politics of vendetta and alleged that the Delhi Police’s extraordinary alacrity against its MLAs and members even on frivolous cases is indeed a reminder of the 1975 Emergency imposed in the nation.
AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said it is extremely unfortunate that after 41 years of emergency, similar scenes are being witnessed in the capital.
“An AAP MLA (Dinesh Mohaniya), who was addressing fellow media persons during a press conference, in the middle of the conference Delhi Police barges into his office, nabs him, treats him like a terrorist and takes him into custody. This proves that Delhi Police does show extraordinary alacrity in case of AAP ministers precisely because Mr. Modi wants to do vendetta politics,” he added.
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Chadha urged the BJP-led NDA regime not to take revenge from the people of Delhi and let them enjoy the fruits of development work in Delhi under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“While it is fine and I am not expressing any anguish or disappointment. In fact, we are going one step further and saying please arrest every MLA and minister of AAP unleash your whichever agency you like, but for heaven’s sake don’t take revenge from the people of Delhi,” he told reporters.
Another AAP member Dilip Pandey accused the Centre of interfering in the development works being done by the Kejriwal Government in Delhi.
“Whatever the AAP MLAs have done today is so that Modi ji can take revenge from us and not let Delhi suffer. If Modi ji would have used his energy in controlling crime and not arresting the AAP MLAs, the crime graph would have gone down,” Pandey said.
“It is uncalled emergency as a people’s representative when trying to put forth his point to the media was nabbed and treated like a terrorist instead of an MLA. This does not suit Modi ji,” he added.
Meanwhile, as many as 52 AAP MLAs, who were detained along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia en-route Prime Minister Modi’s official 7, Race Course Road (RCR), have been released by the Delhi Police.
Sisodia earlier on Sunday accused the ruling dispensation at the Centre of interfering in the AAP Government’s good work and offered to surrender before Prime Minister Modi.
“We want to tell the Prime Minister that don’t stop the work in Delhi. Why are you taking revenge on Delhi? You have enmity with me so arrest me. All the MLAs are going there,” he said.
Asserting that no one is above the law, the Delhi Police earlier Sunday said they take strong action against anybody violating the law, adding that the AAP leaders would be released only under assurance that they would not again march towards the Prime Minister’s residence in protest.
In his latest outburst against Prime Minister Modi following the arrest of Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya a day earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier tweeted, “Complaint filed against Manish Sisodia yesterday. Manish will go to 7, RCR today to surrender himself before PM.”
Minutes after his detention, Sisodia too took on the Prime Minister.
“Modi ji, you have got us arrested and keeping us in Parliament (Street) police station. We are ready to go to Tihar but don’t stop us from working for people of Delhi,” he tweeted.
Mohaniya was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women, who had gone to him to complain about a water crisis.
Mohaniya, who is also the vice-chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was picked up by a police team while he was addressing a press conference yesterday at his office in Khanpur.
A Delhi Court on Saturday rejected his bail petition and sent him to judicial custody till Monday.