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Kejriwal using his post to shield ministers: Congress

Jan 20, 2014 05:22 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Congress MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of using his authority to protect Law Minister Somnath Bharati following his spat with the Delhi Police over an alleged drug and prostitution racket in a south Delhi locality.

"Those who should be respecting and protecting the Constitution are violating constitutional norms. You should run government within constitutional norms," said Lovely, questioning Kejriwal's decision to hold dharna outside the Home Ministry.

He said Kejriwal was trying to protect two of his ministers (Bharti and Women and Child Minister Rakhi Birla) on their public spat with the Delhi Police and termed the incident "shameful".

Lovely, who is Congress MLA and former transport minister, criticised the AAP government of ignoring the prohibitory orders in place while going ahead with their dharna to demand suspension of Delhi Police officers who refused to obey Bharti's order to conduct raid in the Khirkhi extension area of Malviya Nagar where the alleged drug and prostitution racket was set up. "He had no time to meet the police commissioner till a week back when there was the rape of a Danish woman. He is sitting on dharna to protect two of his ministers, and not on the issues concerning street vendors and women safety," said Lovely.

He said that AAP was promoting racism by going against people of African origin in the Khirki extension area. "You are making racist comment in Gandhi's land. In democracy how can a law minister ask for raid on houses of the people," he asked.

Lovely also hit out at the Kejriwal for going back on his promise on Lok Sabha elections. "He says no MLA will fight Lok Sabha election but in an interview he admits he is ready to fight election if party decides," said Lovely on AAP's decision to go national.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also hit out at AAP over its dharna politics saying that only the Parliament has the right to form law in the country. "Kejriwal protested on valid issues and formed a party and even became CM. Now he needs to understand that laws are made in Parliament, not on the streets," Digvijaya said.

Meanwhile, the BJP said that Kejriwal should submit his resignation if he cannot control the surging crime graph in the city. "If they cannot handle the situation, CM must submit his resignation. Dharna is not the solution. We have brought this issue up several times in the past. This is not the way to do it," said BJP leader VK Malhotra. His party colleague Harsh Vardhan said Kejriwal was causing inconvenience to Delhi residents with his dharna. "Kejriwal should remember that he became the CM through the support of the aam aadmi, who are the people he has inconvenienced the most today. I hope he realizes there is a big difference between organizing a dharna at Jantar Mantar and governing from the secretariat," Harsh Vardhan said.