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Opposition tears into AAP, demands CM's resignation

New Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Tuesday demanded Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation over alleged manhandling of Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by a few MLAs of the ruling AAP, while the Congress termed the incident an "administrative and constitutional crisis", and sought an apology from Kejriwal.
BJP leaders also held a protest demonstration at Kejriwal's residence, where senior party leaders were detained by police.
Claiming it to be a violent assault on the Chief Secretary, which has pushed Delhi into an administrative crisis, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said that violent assault on the Chief Secretary is a repeat of the violent assault faced by the BJP delegation which went to meet the Chief Minister on January 30.
"The violence unleashed on the Chief Secretary by AAP MLAs exposes their anarchic behaviour. Earlier, the Kejriwal party had similarly attacked opposition MLAs in the Assembly and Delhi government officials. Many government officials have filed complaints of similar misbehaviour," said Gupta.
He said that the incident will be recorded in black letters in the history of Indian politics. "This is a blot on Indian democracy and should be fully condemned. The Chief Minister under a plan calls the Chief Secretary at 12 in the night and, along with one dozen MLAs, assaults him, abuses him, because the Chief Secretary had objected to the advertisements by the Chief Minister at the expense of government," Gupta said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken said that the manhandling of the Chief Secretary on Kejriwal's instance is "very unfortunate," which shows the administrative as well as the constitutional failure in Delhi under AAP.
"The LG should promptly act taking into account the seriousness of the issue. A cordial atmosphere should be prepared for administrative officers, so that they could work for the development of Delhi, coming out of the atmosphere of fear. Kejriwal is instrumental for this incident as he wanted to hide his three years of failures and was fearful after meeting senior Congress leaders at the Congress office, wherein rising prices and failure of public distribution system were discussed," said Maken.
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