A day after Delhi BJP’s election committee chairman V K Malhotra claimed that Jamia Nagar and Batla House had become “safe houses for terrorists”, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party condemned the remarks, demanding the registration of a criminal case against the BJP leader.
The Congress struck out at the BJP and said the party was targeting minorities, spreading communal unrest, in a bid to “rattle the voters on communal lines”.
Reacting strongly to Malhotra’s comments, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Arvinder Singh Lovely said, “This is a bid to create social unrest. To call any particular community as terrorists is not only unlawful, but also a crime. A criminal case should be filed against him for his unlawful statement.”
Lovely was addressing the Block Congress Committee presidents at the DPCC office.
Lovely said the BJP’s political agenda was to divide voters on the basis of religion.
“In areas where the Muslim population is more, there is no talk of the BJP. This aggressive tone, in the name of vote-gathering, will not be tolerated by the Congress. The people of Delhi need to be cautious. A watchful eye needs to be kept on the BJP and the RSS, as their plan is to create communal tension,” he said.
While demanding an unqualified apology to the Muslims of Delhi, the Delhi Congress said it will be holding protests in the city, in the coming week, against the BJP.
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee passed a resolution condemning the BJP’s bid to “spread communal unrest in the national capital”.
Meanwhile, the AAP wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner, urging him to direct authorities to register a criminal case against Malhotra for “his inflammatory and factually incorrect statement”.
In a letter to the EC, Dilip Pandey, AAP’s Delhi unit secretary, said, “Such an inflammatory statement linking particular areas with terrorism has been made with a clear design to project a particular community in bad light. Further, Malhotra has mentioned the name of the Aam Aadmi Party in his press conference.”
The AAP alleged that Malhotra’s statement was a violation of the model code of conduct. It asked the EC to “take all possible measures to ensure that such attempts does not disrupt the peace and harmony in the country, particularly when the Lok Sabha polls are just around the corner”.