Another AAP MLA wades in: Beat up officers who sit on files

Even as the AAP was quick to condemn his remarks, made just hours after police searched Kejriwal’s house in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan told The Indian Express that he stood by his statement.

Written by Mallica Joshi , Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: February 24, 2018 7:42 am
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Causing further embarrassment to a party already in crisis, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan Friday said at a public meeting that bureaucrats who delay files or refuse to work, deserve to be thrashed. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam were at the same meeting.

Even as the AAP was quick to condemn his remarks, made just hours after police searched Kejriwal’s house in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Balyan told The Indian Express that he stood by his statement.

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Officer file pass karne main samay laga rahe hain. Kyun? Kyunki jo commission thi, woh saari setting Dilli ke mukhyamantri ne band kar di. Ab vo cheez band hone se, files ko rokna shuru kar diya. Abhi jo Chief Secretary ke sath hua, jo inhone jhootha aarop lagaya, main to keh raha hun aise adhikariyo ko maarna chahiye, thokna chahiye. (Officers take a lot of time to process files. Why? Because the Chief Minister has stopped the ‘setting’ officers were doing for ‘commission’.

Because this has stopped, they have stopped files. What has happened with the Chief Secretary, the false allegations they levelled, I say such officers should be thrashed and assaulted).”

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Sahi hai ki nahi. Jo aam aadmi ke kaam rok ke baithe hain aise adhikariyo ke sath yahi salook hona chahiye (Is it right or not? Let them try and stop any files related to ‘aam aadmi’. This is the treatment that should be meted out),” he said in his speech.

Delhi Police search CM Arvind Kejriwal's home in AAP vs Chief secretary row CM Kejriwal and his council of ministers met L-G Anil Baijal on Friday (Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

Speaking to The Indian Express, Balyan said, “Hundreds of people were turning up at my office as they were not getting rations after linking it to Aadhaar. The government wants to change that but officers are not agreeing. I said that if officers stall such work, they deserve to be beaten up and public will beat them up.”

AAP leader and spokesperson Atishi Marlena, said, “I strongly condemn the statement made by Naresh Balyan. All government officers need to be treated respectfully. The AAP government believes in working in collaboration with them for Delhi’s development.”

At a press conference held at Kejriwal’s residence Friday evening, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia did not take questions about Balyan. “The fact that Arvind (Kejriwal) was present for the meeting made it more problematic. It was a very foolish thing to say under the circumstances and after the meeting he was pulled up by Kejriwal,” said a senior party leader.

Though the party condemned the statement, senior AAP leaders said any action against Balyan was unlikely. An AAP leader said, “Right now the party is at a critical juncture because we are under siege. This is not time for the party to take action against one of their own. He has been reprimanded, that is enough for now.”

This is not the first time Balyan has embarrassed the party. In October 2016, Balyan was arrested on charges of assault after former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Henry George, had accused Balyan and his associate of assaulting and threatening him in a complaint to police.

In the run up to the 2015 Assembly elections, he was embroiled in a case of liquor being seized from near his residence.

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  1. S
    Feb 25, 2018 at 9:26 am
    Most unfortunate development indeed. The people's representatives should show self restraint and the officials mend their manners and improve their efficiency. Everyone knows it.
    1. S
      Feb 25, 2018 at 8:37 am
      What else to expect from AK and his bunch of goons!!
      1. C
        C S Jacob
        Feb 25, 2018 at 5:00 am
        One had great expectations from AAP. With a massive mandate in his favour, he could have done a lot of things for the development of Delhi but that was not to be. He removed eminent persons like, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, from the party, to be left with no matured leaders in the party. That very action dissuaded many prominent persons joining AAP. His policies like giving water free to all up to 20000 litres p. m, subsidised power up to 400 units per month were wrong. Subsidies should have been limited to the poorer classes only. The infighting within the party was unseemly and often chaotic. The performance has been a disappointment.
        1. Radhakishan Gangu
          Feb 24, 2018 at 10:53 am
          Bureaucrats are not developing relations with common people. PM pointed the same on one of the occasion. As they develop good and sacred relations with the society, they will serve in a honest and ethical way. Politicians always plans how to capture the votes and remain in power, may not be following true ethics, always. They will encourage corruption, evils and make use of officers. Why beatings? Is it because of officers not following ethics, rules or strictly following them? Few politicians are very good but they don't have enough powers to enforce righteousness. Some politicians have powers but use them selfishly. Who is wrong? Who is right? Whatever India remained as an average or developing nations. This should be changed so that India becomes a developed, sacred, powerful and bright nation in near future.
          1. Setty Pendakur
            Feb 24, 2018 at 8:59 am
            Often, I think of Kejriwal as a clown but lately he has been encouraging his AAP MLAs to act like "goondas". Too bad he is encouraging violent behavior.
            1. Jay Sid
              Feb 24, 2018 at 10:53 am
              They are just talking about beating govt employees whereas the chaddi MLAs and MPs have killed govt employees and even CBI judges! But having a cowdung filled brain, we assume that you cannot notice that.
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