The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday said that contempt proceedings should be initiated against two Delhi BJP members — Adarsh Nagar MLA O P Sharma and spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor — for their statements on the Supreme Court order limiting the time to use fireworks to two hours and mandating only green crackers.
Kapoor had on Diwali tweeted: “I also burst crackers Wednesday night — except matters related to faith, I obey law in all matters.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, he said: “With due respect, I had always maintained that the Court should not intervene in such matters with rigidity. They should have first given time to bring green crackers and then imposed such bans.”
The AAP alleged that O P Sharma had called the SC’s order laughable. In a statement, BJP said that AAP was spreading lies and conspiring against Sharma.
“Sharma said that he respects the court, and that it is important to safeguard the religious sentiments of people. He also said that in east Delhi, no developmental work of AAP could be seen, but AAP feels happy insulting the religious sentiments of the majority community,” the BJP said.
However, AAP spokesperson Atishi said: “It was for the benefit of the residents of the city that the hon’ble Supreme Court came out with an order on green crackers. It was for our health and well-being…what was wrong with that order? Such an order deserved to be wholeheartedly welcomed and was done so by all citizens concerned.”
The party also demanded that union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and BJP national president Amit Shah make their stand on the issue public.