The CPM, which had called Aam Aadmi Party’s success in Delhi a positive development generally welcomed by democratic and secular circles in the country, on Tuesday slammed CM Arvind Kejriwal who heads the AAP government, for his street protest.
While the party said accountability of police was a vital issue, it argued that the agitation against the police “while raising this issue is to defend the action of Law Minister Somnath Bharti and AAP supporters who targeted some African women”.
“These women’s rights were violated and racist language was used against them. The minister had no business to direct such illegal activities. It is improper of the CM to cover up this act by citing the wider problem of police accountability to an elected government,” the CPM Politburo said.
The CPM said the question of police being made accountable to the government in Delhi has to be resolved and the central government must take it up to get this decided through Parliament. The CPM’s criticism of Kejriwal comes days after CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat termed AAP’s success in Delhi as a positive achievement and credited Kejriwal with attracting apolitical middle class and youth to political activism.