Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maheish Girri on Tuesday performed yoga outside Delhi chief minister’s residence continuing his protest against Arvind Kejriwal’s comments on the recent murder of a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) law officer.
Girri has been on a hunger strike outside the chief minister’s residence since Sunday evening to protest Kejriwal allegation’s that he backed the hotelier accused of murdering MM Khan.
Khan, a legal adviser with NDMC, was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on May 16, a day before he was slated to pass the final order on the terms of a hotel’s operation from a property leased out by the civic body.
Kejriwal alleged that four days before Khan’s murder, Girri had approached lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung with a letter from the hotel owner for the “removal” of the official from proceedings in a case pertaining to licence violation.
On May 12, the L-G allegedly forwarded the letter written by Girri to the NDMC chairman. The East Delhi MP and his party, however, denied having written any letter to Jung.
Girri on Monday alleged that Kejriwal is levelling baseless allegations at others to get rid of the corruption charges against him. In a letter to Kejriwal on June 16, Girri invited Kejriwal to the Constitution Club for debate and produce “evidence” against him in the murder case on Sunday at 4pm.
He did not accept the challenge following which Girri, accompanied by his party supporters, reached the chief minister’s Flagstaff Road residence and sat on hunger strike.
Kejriwal used the occasion to train guns at the Narendra Modi government, saying the NDA regime’s criminal justice system allows a person to commit a crime and then sit in protest outside the CM’s residence.
“Is there an open debate in a murder case? Is this the criminal justice system of the BJP wherein they allow the accused of a murder case to sit in protest in front of Kejriwal’s residence? I think this is the message of the Modi government that anyone who commits a crime by killing a person should come and sit in protest in front of Kejriwal’s residence and then the big BJP leaders would come to support the accused,” he said.
Kejriwal also demanded that police should investigate the “relation” between the BJP MP and ‘The Connaught’ owner Ramesh Kakkar, a prime accused in the murder case.
The BJP then hit back at the AAP leader, with senior party leader Subramanian Swamy terming Kejriwal a “Naxalite” for his allegations against Girri.
The charges and counter-charges are the latest in a series of confrontations between the BJP and Kejriwal, who accuses the ruling party at the Centre of creating hurdles for his government.