The cleanliness drive was soiled by a clash between members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rohini on Monday morning. Both parties lodged cross FIRs at Rohini Sector 3 police station.
Police sources said that the incident took place around 11.30 am, when BJP members were conducting a cleanliness drive in the area. At the same time, AAP workers, including MLA Rakhi Birla, were addressing the problems of sanitation workers.
Members of both parties alleged that they were disrupted by the opposing faction.
“BJP councillor Sanjana Singh tried to disrupt the meeting. Her husband Sansar Singh had an altercation with AAP members present at volunteer Ram Pratap Goyal’s office. They attacked Birla and other party members and beat up Goyal so badly that he lost two teeth. Birla was injured in her hands,” said an AAP leader.
The BJP had a different story to narrate. “I, along with members of RWA, civic agencies and sanitation workers, was conducting a cleanliness drive when suddenly Birla appeared and snatched the brooms from the sanitation workers. She tried to provoke them into striking work. This lead to a heated argument and then AAP attacked us,” said Sanjana Singh, councillor from ward number 45, Rohini (south).
Condemning the attack, north corporation mayor Yogender Chandolia said, “This is dirty politics. AAP is trying to hamper our sanitation drive. First they sent us pictures of dirty spots, now they are provoking the sanitation staff to go on strike, on issues of meagre salaries and their being regularised.”
When questioned that if he felt the AAP was trying to hijack BJP’s sanitation drive, BJP state president Satish Upadhyay said: “All BJP leaders are carrying out the cleanliness drive, which AAP never did when they were in power and now they are trying to find loopholes in our efforts. I accept that it’s a mammoth task, but we will everything we can to make this initiative a success.”