Somnath Bharti again: ‘Cong, BJP have pimps’

"It is not my fault if the Congress and BJP have pimps in their midst,” said Somnath Bharti.

New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2014 9:07 am

 

 

Law Minister Somnath Bharti at Delhi Secretariat. Law Minister Somnath Bharti at Delhi Secretariat.

Under fire for carrying out a midnight raid last week targeting African nationals, during which Ugandan women were allegedly held against their will and assaulted, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti Sunday attacked the Congress and BJP, saying “it could not be helped if there were pimps in their midst”. Bharti said the two parties did not seem to care about the problem of drug racketeering. 

At a janta darbar at Khirki Extension in South Delhi — where he carried out the raid Wednesday night — Bharti said, “These political parties (Congress and BJP) have to decide who to serve. They can either serve us or they can serve criminals involved in drugs and sex rackets, some of whom come from other countries. It is not my fault if the Congress and BJP have pimps in their midst, and don’t care about the country.”

When contacted in the evening, Bharti confirmed to The Indian Express, “Yes, that is what I said.” BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that Bharti’s approach “appears to be racist”.

Reacting to this, Bharti said, “These leaders, like Arun Jaitley and Harish Salve, are concentrating on the wrong issue. I am raising concerns on the problem of drugs in the area. I was told by locals that there is this huge problem, and none of these parties seem to be serious about that. There is video footage of the events of that night, and I can assure you nobody was manhandled. The truth will come out in a few days.”

Sanjay Singh, member of the AAP’s Political Affairs Committee, defended Bharti. “Jaitley’s remarks show the BJP has stooped to the level that they will even defend those who run drug and sex rackets.”

On Wednesday night, Bharti, who is the local MLA, reached Khirki Extension after he received complaints of a “drug and sex racketeering ring run by Africans”. He was seen arguing with Delhi Police officers, asking them to enter the homes of African nationals and carry out raids. Later, four Ugandan women were allegedly accosted by Bharti and his aides.

Police register FIR

Following court orders, the police on Sunday registered an FIR against unknown persons, who allegedly beat up and abused four Ugandan women during the raid carried out by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and his aides.

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    S.B
    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:43 am
    Look like Fatima is not only follower of AAP but the paid Member of the AAP. Thus she is contradicting each and overy ones comments obviously against AAP.
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      Asokan Alagarsamy
      Jan 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm
      Bharti has taken up an impossible task of checking drugs and brothels. Risk and lot of patience involved. Kudos.
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        Anil Bharali
        Jan 21, 2014 at 12:49 am
        It is a colonial design of rule mainly meant for privileged ones till today. No change has made in independent india. So change is much needed , please suggest if any better way of public protest against those rules. Congress and BJP are beneficiary of it so they will never go for change !!
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          Arvind Srivastava
          Jan 20, 2014 at 11:37 am
          After taking oath as CM , he has no right to behave like this. Right now he is telling lot of lies to the cheering crowd. His demands about suspension and transfer are totally unjustified. He should sack Bharti first.
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            Ashish
            Jan 20, 2014 at 9:15 am
            However noble his intentions, the Delhi Law Minister cannot take the law into his own hands. The country cannot be taken to medieval ages of mob & instant justice.
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              Cdr. Retd.
              Jan 20, 2014 at 3:59 am
              Such remarks from a Lawyer of the Supreme Court? It is a disgrace that people who are expected to make laws and manage the government speak like street fighters. They have misunderstood "government of the people, for the people by the people..." to mean goondaism by the elected MLA's. Hope good sense prevails and campaigning is done with dignity & decorum expected of MLA's and MP"s.
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                Fatima Tanveer
                Jan 20, 2014 at 10:58 am
                Do it fast.
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                  Fatima Tanveer
                  Jan 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
                  It is for you to decide what do you think of yourself.But I am proud of being an Indian.
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                    Fatima Tanveer
                    Jan 20, 2014 at 10:59 am
                    Media is trying to give negative publicity. But negative or positive, any publicity is always helpful to politicians bcs it keeps them alive in public memory.
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                      Fatima Tanveer
                      Jan 20, 2014 at 10:56 am
                      Those who are criticisng AAP, are national disgrace.AAP is the pride of the nation.
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                        Fatima Tanveer
                        Jan 20, 2014 at 10:56 am
                        What procedures? Our notorious police would byp the law when it comes to action against poor people. But they are sermonising people on ``procedures'' when it comes to taking action in case of and drug racket with involvement of bigwigs and police also gets huge amount as bribe.
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                          Fatima Tanveer
                          Jan 20, 2014 at 10:57 am
                          You mean to say that and drug racketeers be allowed to do what they want by AAP government.
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                            Fatima Tanveer
                            Jan 20, 2014 at 11:00 am
                            do you want to say AAP should show respect to drug and racketeers.
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                              Fatima Tanveer
                              Jan 20, 2014 at 11:08 am
                              what procedures?there are no procedures when carrying out raids at the houses of poor people.But police is teaching us ``procedures'' when it comes to raiding and drug racket dens.This shows whay is there high incidence of crime in Delhi.
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                                Xfather
                                Jan 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm
                                Dham He AK & team ko....chor & police donoko pakdega..saaf karega Delhi
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                                  M S
                                  Jan 21, 2014 at 5:43 am
                                  It is good that the Congress allowed them to form the government in Delhi, otherwise people would not have known that AAP is nothing but anarchism and hooliganism. Till general elections AAP should be allowed to be continued to rule so that people can very well know what kind of disaster the AAP and its leaders have brought to the country. Immediately after the general elections, they should be thrown out.
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                                    M S
                                    Jan 20, 2014 at 5:22 am
                                    Only a third cl person having no dignity can talk like the law minister.
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                                      Krishna
                                      Jan 20, 2014 at 2:48 am
                                      Somnath Bharti is disgusting and will destroy Aap national dreams..AAP defence is also disgusting!
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                                        Zulqarnain Shah
                                        Jan 20, 2014 at 11:31 am
                                        Keep it up AAP... All the paid cronies of BJP and Pimps and Drug traffickers are happy when things go 'Business as usual'... someday has the guts to stand up to them and their feathers are ruffled so bad.... More to happen soon to you... BJP, Pimps and drug traffickers, your days are numbered...
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                                          MamuTholu
                                          Jan 21, 2014 at 1:45 am
                                          Wow now parties have pimps. He also has said that he wants to spit on Arun Jaitley and Harish Salve's faces.What is the difference between you Mr. Bharathi and a lot of the toughs that actually perpetrate rapes in the city you seek to protect? Not in words at least.
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                                            C
                                            Jan 20, 2014 at 2:38 am
                                            Mr Bharti should be stopped before causes more damage. Vigilantism by a "Law Minister"!! Only in Delhi.
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