Delhi’s CM video message to PM Modi: AAP protests against Pak, BJP protests against Kejriwal

While AAP had planned to hold the protest outside the Pakistan High Commission, it was denied entry inside the diplomatic area.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2016 1:32 pm
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A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent a video message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to “unmask” Pakistan’s “dirty propaganda” about the Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, the capital witnessed two protests connected to the issue Tuesday. One was held by the AAP, to protest against Pakistan and its media, while the other was held by the BJP, to protest against AAP chief Kejriwal whose remarks, claimed the party, amounted to “seeking proof” of the strikes.

While AAP had planned to hold the protest outside the Pakistan High Commission, it was denied entry inside the diplomatic area. The party finally held the protest outside the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

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Over a 100 AAP supporters and leaders raised slogans like Pakistan Media Haay Haay and Pakistan hosh mein aao, slamming Pakistan for refusing to admit that the “surgical strikes” had taken place. Party workers also raised slogans such as Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram.

While AAP offered its support to the central government, it continued to seek the same thing Kejriwal had asked asked for, and over which he had been attacked by the BJP: a response to Pakistan’s “false propaganda”.

“We have several differences with you, but we are with you on issues of national interest,” said AAP’s Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey, as he addressed a gathering of party workers inside the Chanakya Puri police station where he, along with other senior AAP leaders, were detained. They were released later.

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Saying the party “completely trusted the Army”, Pandey said, “Our Army has given muh tod jawab (befitting response) to terrorists, we want a similar “muh tod jawab to Pakistan’s propaganda”.

He also criticised the BJP for “questioning Kejriwal’s intentions”, claiming that Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s comment on the issue “exposed the BJP’s petty politics”.

Responding to the video, Prasad had said the AAP leader should answer whether he “believed in the Indian Army” or not.

Meanwhile, AAP workers claimed that the protest was held to project “national unity and integrity”.

“It is a matter of national interest. We are with our country. He is our Prime Minister too,” said Mukesh Kumar, a contractual worker at the Delhi Secretariat.

Kumar said, “We want evidence of the strikes too”, but quickly added “that’s a different issue”. “The international media is criticising us. We must give them evidence,” he said.

Another participant, auto-rickshaw driver Bhagwan Swami, said the AAP’s protest should not be interpreted as the party’s “support for BJP”. “We are not supporting the BJP. We are opposing Pakistan for the wrong things it is doing. We are also Indians,” he said.

“Our Army has done a great job… we are supporting them. Pakistan has refuted it (strikes), it will demoralise our Army,” said AAP member Kadambari Yadav.

“Our party believes in doing the right thing,” said Yadav, adding that the protest was held to display the AAP’s support for the country and the armed forces.

Meanwhile, at a protest held by the BJP’s Delhi unit near Kejriwal’s residence, the party accused him of providing “veiled support” to Pakistan.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhayay, who led the demonstration along with Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, accused Kejriwal of working for “foreign agencies” who were trying to “destabilise” India.

“Never has the country seen a Chief Minister commenting on Army operations like Kejriwal did… this is against constitutional propriety…,” said Upadhayay.

Gupta said it was “disheartening” when a Chief Minister “demanded proof” of Army operations.

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  1. S
    Oct 5, 2016 at 3:37 am
    Looks like bjp is more worried about aap than .
    1. M
      Oct 5, 2016 at 2:28 am
      Surprising Surprising instead of protesting against pak for propagating lies and false hood these gentlemen wearing a b are protesting against persons who are asking that government should expose pak by not merely political statements but some thing more solid.
      1. M
        Oct 5, 2016 at 4:37 am
        Fake desh bhakts chest beat more by calling names and using beaten adjectives which is best representative of their knowledge level of vocabulary or the vocabulary they are being taught in their training.
        1. A
          Oct 5, 2016 at 5:28 am
          Ppl should unit. BJp n media doing just opposite of it.
          1. A
            Aly Mohammmed
            Oct 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm
            Surgical strike - done by BJP or Congress or any other party, there is no problem to reveal the truth. Being citizens, everyone has the right to know If the country govern by safe hands or not.
          2. R
            Oct 5, 2016 at 11:39 am
            AAP is party of a, iapa and syapa.
            1. A
              Oct 5, 2016 at 5:11 pm
              Why is KAJRIWAR bent on destroying his political fortunes by disturbing the GREEN VOTERS ? He should have offered the heartfelt apologies for MODI'S action of having arranged the forced suppositories treatment to relieve the terroristic constipation of the Establishment supported non state actors and actresses of STAN ?
              1. B
                Bharat Pindolia
                Oct 5, 2016 at 4:44 am
                Take the w AAP party members, Chitambaram and Sanjay Nirupam to POK and leave them there once they have seen the evidence !
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