The AAP attacked the Union government Wednesday, with party MLA and its women’s wing president Bhavna Gaur alleging the Centre was “completely uninterested in providing security to women in Delhi”. The statement came after AAP’s women MLAs met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence.
“All the women MLAs of the party urged him to take the matter seriously, and requested that a high-level committee of the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi L-G be formed, to come up with strong measures to improve women’s security in the capital. It was very disappointing for us to note that the minister’s response to our concerns and suggestions reflected an utter lack of interest in this sensitive issue,” said Gaur.
The party alleged that with Delhi Police “focusing all its time and resources on framing AAP MLAs, leaders and volunteers, the security of women in Delhi was under serious threat”.
“It seemed as though he (Rajnath Singh) did not even have the power or authority to issue any orders to Delhi Police, and it seems Delhi police is currently being run directly from the office of the Prime Minister. Our primary concern is not that they are arresting our MLAs, but that their unprecedented focus on arresting MLAs is happening at the cost of security for women in Delhi. A safe and secure environment is the right of every woman in Delhi,” added Gaur.
Voicing similar concerns, AAP leader and spokesperson Ashutosh attacked the Centre for “targetting AAP MLAs” instead of paying attention to issues of safety. “Are the people of Delhi being provided with adequate security? Are the women and children feeling safe in the city? Instead of being concerned about such vital issues, the Modi government has concentrated all efforts of the Delhi Police, ACB, CBI and now the I-T department towards targeting AAP MLAs. Delhi’s law and order comes under the Central government, but Narendra Modi is not at all interested in providing security and law & order to the people of Delhi,” he said.