Since the time Aam Aadmi Party took charge of affairs in Delhi, controversies seem to have become the part and parcel of this new political outfit. AAP’s most controversial member, Law minister Somnath Bharti who has been under attack for a midnight raid against Ugandan nationals has hit the rock once again.
In his latest salvo, Bharti asked a reporter how much money she received from BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi. On the other hand, Delhi chief minister Kejriwal claimed that the media was being paid to do negative stories on the Aam Aadmi Party.
In no time the anti-media statement has drawn political ire and stoked another controversy. While Delhi Chief Minister and fellow party member Kejriwal called it an ‘inappropriate’ statement, BJP leader Dr. Harsh Vardhan was quick in slamming AAP and demanded that Bharti be sacked. “Why is Kejriwal being so narrow minded when the media is showing truth about his minister?” Vardhan said.
Soon after, Bharti apologised for his remarks, “I didn’t mean it and have been misinterpreted. I apologise If I have hurt anyone”, he said.
However, taking on the new party, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said, ” They had no issues when the media was supporting them”.
Even supporting Congress did not spare the minister, with Rita Bahuguna Joshi calling it an immature statement. “Media is responsible for showing both sides of the coin, why blame them?”.
Bharti’s remarks come a day after the Supreme Court raised questions about the propriety of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet sitting in protest in violation of prohibitory orders and put them on notice over the constitutionality of their actions.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.