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BJP Leaders Allege AAP’s ‘Urban Naxalites’ Attacked Them During Meet, File Police Complaint

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal trashed the BJP's allegation and said if any MLA has misbehaved with them, he would throw him out of the party.

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Updated:January 30, 2018, 5:41 PM IST
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BJP Leaders Allege AAP’s ‘Urban Naxalites’ Attacked Them During Meet, File Police Complaint
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with other leaders at CM's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
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New Delhi: The meeting between Delhi BJP and the AAP government at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house over the issue of sealing drive ended in chaos on Tuesday as the BJP leaders walked out alleging “misbehaviour” by AAP MLAs, a charge denied by the AAP.

BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari alleged that woman mayors of BJP-ruled North and East MCD Preety Agarwal and Neema Bhagat were also "attacked" and accused the AAP government of acting like “urban naxalites".

The Delhi BJP’s general secretary Ravinder Gupta even filed a police complaint against some AAP MLAs, accusing them of attacking his party leaders.

"This incident makes it clear that this government is not serious over issues like sealing faced by the people of Delhi. They are in the role of urban naxalites," Tiwari said.

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.

Kejriwal trashed the BJP's allegation. "These are baseless allegations. If any MLA has misbehaved with them, I will throw him out (of AAP)," he said.

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.

A complaint filed by Delhi BJP general secretary Ravinder Gupta with Civil Lines police station named AAP MLAs Jarnail Singh, Akhilesh Tripathi, Rajesh Rishi and Jitender Tomar. The chief minister welcomed the delegation with a bouquet but latter got them "thrashed", Tiwari rued expressing his anguish over the incident.

"When I was speaking, AAP MLA Jitender Tomar shouted me down. I was insulted in the presence of the chief minister but I still continued. But soon, we felt it was better to leave as they were in a dangerous mood," the Delhi BJP chief said.

He said that the delegation walked out of the meeting to avoid an "escalation" following the treatment meted out to them.

Tiwari said that he will write to Arvind Kejriwal asking him for a public debate at Ramleela ground on the issue of sealing drive. "Today he insisted on debating the issue in a gathering of hundreds of people. I am going to write to him for a debate over the issue at Ramleela ground with public in attendance," he said.

He said that the BJP will continue its struggle to stop the sealing drive, and demanded that the Delhi government call a special session of the Assembly on the issue. "We have lost hope in Arvind Kejriwal. So, we will meet the Lt Governor and the Union Urban Development Minister for a solution to this problem," he said.

The sealing drive is being carried out by municipal corporations since last month against properties violating civics norms.
| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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