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BJP planned Laxmi Nagar violence: Govt

After at least 12 people were injured in a clash between BJP and Congress workers in Laxmi Nagar,East Delhi,on Saturday,the war of words continued at various public functions,rallies and protest marches on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | March 11, 2013 1:20:50 am

After at least 12 people were injured in a clash between BJP and Congress workers in Laxmi Nagar,East Delhi,on Saturday,the war of words continued at various public functions,rallies and protest marches on Sunday. The Congress government called the incident “planned with an aim to badly hurt a Delhi government minister and a member of Parliament”.

Parliamentary Secretary to Sheila Dikshit,Mukesh Sharma,who was addressing a public rally at Uttam Nagar on Sunday,accused Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra of “disturbing peace and calm in the city”.

He alleged that the opposition party “deployed paid goondas to exhibit their party support in the locality”. Both Congress and BJP party workers traded charges of instigating violence and were injured in the incident in Laxmi Nagar on Saturday,where Irrigation and Flood Control Minister A K Walia had gone to lay the foundation stone for a sewage line.

“I received the information that a few people will create violence in the area. I rang up the area SHO and told him to increase security. I called the SHO again before arriving at the venue. When I reached the spot,my security team told me to stay back. I saw the BJP councillor’s men attacking Congress party workers. Then,the police intervened,” Walia had said,adding that no resident was involved in the violence and it was triggered by supporters of East Municipal Corporation Leader of the House B B Tyagi.

“The Opposition is too scared to take note of surging crowds in development-oriented government functions being addressed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,her ministerial colleagues and MPs. BJP workers are behaving like professional criminals and are all out to disturb peace and calm in the city. Their vandalism on Saturday was anti-people,anti-democratic and uncalled for,” Mukesh Sharma said on Sunday.

Talking of the upcoming Assembly elections in the city and the internal politics in BJP,Sharma said: “The Opposition is scared of defeat in the Assembly elections. The party has lost all grounds in Delhi and is not in a position to gather even 50 people in its rallies. In case the party wants to oppose the government,it is free to organise rallies and show its strength,but the party is aware of its weaknesses as their cadre has been deserting it and leaders are involved in an internal battle.”

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