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BJP calls AAP anarchic, anti-people; demands Somnath Bharti’s resignation

It also accused Kejriwal of speaking the language of Maoists and being incapable of governance.

New Delhi | Published:January 21, 2014 2:57 pm
BJP called Arvind Kejriwal's tactic to protest as diversionary and said the Delhi CM is clueless about governance (Express photo by Praveen Jain) BJP called Arvind Kejriwal’s tactic to protest as diversionary and said the Delhi CM is clueless about governance (Express photo by Praveen Jain)

Holding Aam Admi Party and the Congress responsible for the “anarchic situation” in the capital, BJP charged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of speaking the language of Maoists and said he is clueless about running the government and keeping his promises.

A group of BJP youth activists led by Delhi party president Vijay Goel staged a protest, demanding resignation of Law Minister Somnath Bharti for allegedly misbehaving with women in south Delhi last week.

“This is a joint operation of AAP and Congress which has led to an anarchic situation in Delhi. Both have reasons for doing this,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

He charged that Kejriwal wants to duck questions about the action he had promised to take against corrupt ministers of the Sheila Dikshit government.

“Kejriwal has launched this agitation to save the indicted ministers. Last year he ran away from Anna Hazare’s agitation at Jantar Mantar saying nothing will be achieved by it and we should come to power. Now that he is in power he is saying let us take to the streets. This is just a diversionary tactic,” Javadekar said. “AAP is engaging in this drama as it is looking for an excuse to get out of power.”

BJP accused Kejriwal of doing a U-turn quite often and sounding like a Naxal.

“Today Kejriwal has said Republic Day celebration is nothing but a procession of floats. This is an insult to the nation, to the people and to the defence forces. Country got its Constitution on this day and such language is a challenge to the Constitution as well. Kejriwal is talking like Naxals do in tribal areas,” Javadekar said.

Describing Kejriwal’s words as “anti-people”, the BJP leader said every patriot will condemn this attitude towards a national festival.

In Hyderabad, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, “It (AAP) has proved that it is an Anarchist Aadmi Party and not an Aam Aadmi Party. The day AAP agreed to take support of corrupt and communal Congress and formed the government, it lost its credibility.”

The action of Kejriwal in supporting his colleague, who was “involved in an ugly spat with police and became responsible for denigration of India’s image internationally,” has further eroded AAP’s credibility, Naidu alleged.

“Having failed to fulfil the promises it made and having realised that it cannot continue in power for long, AAP is trying to divert the attention of people and is trying to portray themselves as martyrs to be in limelight,” he told reporters.

He claimed that Congress is also in a catch-22 situation, which rushed to extend support to form the government, as “it has now realised that it is also being condemned for the support extended to anarchist AAP.”

“The anarchist is not my word, but the word used by Congressmen,” Naidu said.

Asked about the demand of AAP to bring Delhi Police under control of Delhi government, he said the matter needs to be debated and that it cannot be decided on the streets.

He said security should be provided to common people in Delhi and also VIPs, central government offices, visiting dignitaries and foreign embassies in the national capital.

The BJP leader recalled that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home, headed by him, had suggested raising a special force for protection of VIPs in the national capital and letting the Delhi Police concentrate on providing security to people there.

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