January 6, 2015 1:17:46 am
Two days after AAP and BJP workers clashed with each other in Tughlaqabad constituency, the AAP on Monday alleged that it was a “pre-meditated” attack by the BJP. Producing purported video footage against BJP South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri, the AAP demanded his resignation.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that the BJP workers had brought iron rods and wooden sticks in their cars. “The BJP has alleged that 1-2 hours after the incident, our Tughlaqabad candidate got his own people to set his car on fire. We have provided proof against this.
Questions have also been raised as to why we did not call police to inform them about the evidence. We are providing proof that our volunteers did make such a call,” Khetan said.
AAP spokesperson Ashutosh said, “Bidhuri had said he will resign if there is any evidence that his family members’ were involved in the incident. Now that we have provided evidence, he should either resign from politics or the BJP should sack him.”
The party pointed to the role of Vikram Bidhuri, purportedly Ramesh Bidhuri’s nephew, in “directing the mob to attack AAP volunteers”. Other BJP leaders named by the AAP include BJP South Delhi general secretary Deepak Jain, Ramesh Bidhuri’s other nephews Anuj Bidhuri and Sanjeev Bidhuri and BJP leader Vicky Mavi.
Khetan also raised concerns about Ramesh Bidhuri’s character, alleging that six FIRs had been filed against him. “In one FIR, dated March 9, 2013, a woman had filed a complaint against him, alleging misbehaviour and outraging her modesty,” Khetan said.
The AAP further asked the Delhi Police to take cognizance of the alleged evidence against BJP workers provided by them. “Until now, an FIR against unknown persons has been registered in the case. We urge the Delhi Police to not work under any political influence and register FIRs against each person shown attacking AAP members in these videos,” Ashutosh said.
Meanwhile, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal met the party’s candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls for the first time since all 70 were declared. He warned them not to indulge in “any unfair practices”.
“We were told not to indulge in malpractices and not to allow anyone else from the party, including volunteers, to do so as well,” AAP candidate from Kasturba Nagar Madal Lal said.
Online donation campaign rings in Rs 49 lakh
The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said that its “Ifundhonestparty” campaign, an online donation campaign that was announced on January 2, has brought in Rs 49 lakh so far. Modelled on the Ice Bucket challenge, the campaign appeals to donors to make a contribution and invite 10 acquaintances to do the same. The AAP said that in Phase II of the campaign, it will motivate National and State executive officers of the party, office bearers, Delhi MLA candidates, Lok Sabha candidates and over a million online volunteers to donate.
AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta said, “We want to increase our participation, invitation and referral network by 10 times in the second phase. In addition to financial donations, each invitation also cements the fact that the AAP is the only party that does fund-raising in a transparent way. It informs people that only transparent political funding can help eliminate political favouritism from our system.”
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