A new AAP-BJP war erupted Monday morning with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding the arrest of BJP parliamentarian Maheish Girri, who is sitting on a hunger strike outside his house, in the murder of an NDMC legal adviser.
“He (Girii) should be arrested n interrogated by Modi police in MM Khan murder case. Modi police shielding him,” Kejriwal tweeted early morning.
The spat – baharAaoKejriwal -- was trending on social media as the BJP’s east Delhi MP continued his overnight sit-in, asking the Delhi CM to step out of his home and submit proof to back the charges or apologise.
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, in the news recently for targeting RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, joined Girri outside 6 Flagstaff Road in central Delhi’s Civil Lines. Kejriwal was a Naxalite and in habit of leveling baseless charges, said Swamy, demanding an apology from the CM.
News agency ANI tweeted that Swamy also demanded the dismissal of Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung must be dismissed: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy outside CM Kejriwal's residence. pic.twitter.com/IG4ibWS4P8— ANI (@ANI_news) June 20, 2016
Earlier, another BJP leader and North East Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari joined Girri’s protest. The growing number of protesters prompted another rounds of tweets, to which Kejriwal said,” Let’s decide once and for all, who is dharna party of India?”
Rivals often accuse the AAP of being disruptive and resorting to protest demonstrations at the slightest pretext.
NDMC legal adviser MM Khan was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on May 16, a day before he was to pass the final order on the lease terms of a hotel operation from a property leased out by the civic body.
Girri also wrote to Delhi Police chief Alok Kumar Verma, asking him to continue the investigation without any fear of political pressure and arrest him if needed. “I should be questioned if required in the case. I will fully cooperate,” he said.
The Delhi Police have cleared Girri and NDMC’s vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar, saying they did not find any evidence against the two BJP leaders.
The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged that Girri was “lobbying” for Ramesh Kakkar, the owner of the four-star Connaught Hotel and the prime accused in the murder case. The two leaders, the Delhi’s ruling party said, wrote to Jung favouring Kakkar.
The issue was also raised in the assembly. Girri and Tanwar should be arrested and interrogated to unearth the truth, Kejriwal and his party colleagues said.
Girri has denied the allegations as baseless and even challenged Kejriwal to a public debate. “Kejriwal should produce evidences to prove that the allegations made by him against me are true. If he proves the allegations, I will resign else he should resign. The people of Delhi should know the truth. I am sitting next to his house, why is he hiding,” Girri told reporters.