BJP alleges malicious behaviour by AAP MLAs, CM denies charge
New Delhi: Uproar erupted at Chief Minister's residence when the Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and other saffron party leaders barged out from a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the issue of sealing. The state BJP delegation alleged 'sloganeering, malicious behaviour by AAP MLAs and anti-social elements present there. However, the Chief Minister rubbished the charges saying, "If any MLA has misbehaved with them, I will throw him out (of AAP)."
"Woman mayors of BJP ruled North and East MCD Preety Agarwal and Neema Bhagat respectively were also 'attacked' at the chief minister's residence and this incident makes it clear that this government is not serious over issues like sealing faced by the people of Delhi," Tiwari alleged.
The BJP leaders also showed a video alleging that Kejriwal 'provoked' his men to 'catch' members of the BJP delegation who were walking out of the meeting. "We were around 20 people while Kejriwal was sitting there with around 150 men including AAP MLAs. There were also anti-social elements and bouncers who attacked me, our women mayors, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta and other members of the delegation," Tiwari told reporters.
The Delhi CM trashed the BJP's allegations made by the opposition party. Kejriwal accused a BJP delegation led by Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari of walking out of the discussion instead of trying to come up with suggestions that could be presented to the Lieutenant Governor. "All our MLAs and Councillors had gathered for the meeting with the BJP delegation. But they refused to have a discussion in front of everyone," Kejriwal said.
"There is nothing confidential about it. It is nobody's personal issue. It is a public matter. I begged them to sit down, discuss and together find a solution to the sealing drive. They just walked out. It was a very good opportunity... Both political parties could have discussed the matter and then approached the L-G to propose a solution. These are baseless allegations," added the CM.
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged that he was assaulted by some AAP MLAs and others at the chief minister's residence. He later underwent a medical examination at Aruna Asaf Ali hospital. "Today is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Kejriwal paid tributes to Mahatma with an attack on Opposition leaders," he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken sought an appointment with the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee to present his legal stand for halting the sealing drive against illegal commercial establishments, asserting that he may approach the apex court if needed be.
Maken also asked the AAP and the BJP to end their "fake fight" over the ongoing drive and suggested that they instead seek relief from the court for the traders hit by the move.
"If the monitoring committee does not listen to me, I will move the Supreme Court to make my submissions," he said.
Maken said the BJP-led central government, through the attorney general, should immediately approach the apex court to get relief for the traders as the Congress-led UPA government did in 2006 to save the livelihoods of the people.
Maken also demanded the AAP government to notify around 300 pending roads and inform the apex court, instead of approaching courts for permission for their notification.
Maken alleged that the AAP and the BJP were indulging in a "physical fight" to only convince their supporters, and not to prevent the sealing drive.
With agency inputs
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