NRC row es­ca­lates: BJP goes to po­lice, AAP sticks to its guns

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Thurs­day sub­mit­ted a po­lice com­plaint against chief min­is­ter Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokesper­son Sau­rabh Bharad­waj al­leg­ing that they were spread­ing “ru­mours” that peo­ple from UP, Bi­har and Odisha will be evicted if NRC (Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Cit­i­zens) is im­ple­mented in the city.

While the BJP func­tionar­ies al­leged in their com­plaint that the AAP lead­ers were try­ing to “mis­lead” peo­ple on the is­sue and had com­pared “mi­grants” from other states with “in­fil­tra­tors”, the Poor­van­chal cell of the saf­fron party staged a protest near chief min­is­ter Arvind Kejriwal’s res­i­dence de­mand­ing an apol­ogy from him for his re­mark against party’s state unit chief, Manoj Ti­wari.

Re­act­ing to the protest and the com­plaint, Bharad­waj said BJP had no agenda for Delhi elec­tions and was ner­vous that the AAP govern­ment showed no signs of anti-in­cum­bency, which is why they were rais­ing di­vi­sive is­sues. “Manoj Ti­wari and BJP should clar­ify their stand on the hu­mil­i­a­tion and vi­o­lence faced by the poor peo­ple of UP and Bi­har at the hands of the Shiv Sena-BJP com­bine in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Ti­wari should also clar­ify what ac­tion was taken against his party MP for ha­rass­ing the party’s Poor­van­chal wing pres­i­dent,” Bhard­waj said.

When asked for his re­ac­tion on Ti­wari’s de­mand for NRC in the city, Kejriwal had said on Wed­nes­day that the Delhi BJP chief would be evicted from the cap­i­tal if it was im­ple­mented. AAP spokesper­son Sau­rabh Bharad­waj said on Thurs­day that Ti­wari should clar­ify how poor mi­grants from Bi­har, UP and Ut­tarak­hand will pro­vide proof of res­i­dence in Delhi be­fore1971if NRC was im­ple­mented.

In their com­plaint to DCP, New Delhi, Delhi BJP’s me­dia re­la­tions head, Neelkant Bak­shi, and for­mer AAP MLA Kapil Mishra also claimed that the state­ments made by Kejriwal and Bharad­waj may pose a law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the city. “They de­lib­er­ately stated that peo­ple from UP, Bi­har and Odisha will be evicted if NRC is im­ple­mented in the na­tional cap­i­tal,” said the com­plaint

Ear­lier in the day, mem­bers of the BJP Poor­van­chal Mor­cha dis­man­tled a bar­ri­cade and tried to move to­wards Kejriwal’s res­i­dence at Civil Lines but were de­tained by the po­lice. The po­lice had to use wa­ter can­nons to dis­perse the crowd.

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