AAP asks Centre to pay attention to CM's security, stop petty politics
New Delhi: Expressing concern over recovery of a live cartridge from a visitor at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday asked the Centre to rise above "petty politics" and pay attention to the CM's security.
Party leaders Saurabh Bhardwaj and Raghav Chadha also slammed the BJP and its government at the centre over what they claimed was a "third attack" on CM Kejriwal in last one month. "It's a very serious matter that a man carrying a live cartridge managed to reach the Chief Minister at his Janta Darbar. We appeal to the Centre to set aside petty politics and pay attention to his security," Bhardwaj said.
A 39-year-old caretaker of a mosque, identified as Mohammad Imran, was arrested after a bullet was found from his purse during the frisking at the residence of the Chief Minister on Monday, police said.
The AAP leaders noted that last week a man had attacked the Chief Minister at the Delhi Secretariat by throwing chilli powder on him. They also alleged that Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari "along with his goons had tried to hurt Kejriwal during the inauguration of the Signature Bridge".
Bhardwaj alleged that Delhi Police was not paying attention to the attacks on CM Kejriwal. He said no charge sheet was filed in the attack on the CM at Chhatrasal stadium. A woman had thrown ink at the Delhi Chief Minister during an event at the stadium in January 2016.
Chadha expressed suspicion that a firearm may also have been taken inside the CM's residence as a live cartridge had been seized. The leaders alleged that the BJP was behind the "attacks" on CM Kejriwal.
The Secretariat incident was raised during the Delhi Assembly's special session, with CM Kejriwal himself demanding the Prime Minister's resignation over the issue.
"The Prime Minister should resign if he cannot ensure the security of the Delhi Chief Minister," he said on Monday. A resolution was passed by the House, dominated by the AAP, seeking the city government's control over Delhi Police.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP legislators on Tuesday sought a detailed probe into the chilli powder attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to unearth the "conspiracy" by the AAP, which, they said, was playing the "victim card". The MLAs met Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and demanded the arrest of an aide of Kejriwal, who, they alleged, facilitated the entry of the man who threw chilli powder on the chief minister at the secretariat here.