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