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Kejriwal accuses BJP of framing arrested AAP men

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 19, 2014
First Published: 01:15 IST(19/7/2014) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(19/7/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday of framing three members of the rookie party who were arrested for putting up 'inflammatory posters' in a south Delhi locality.

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Kejriwal, who had recently accused the BJP of horse-trading, wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, "Just becoz we foiled BJP's plans to form govt in del by buying MLAs, our volunteers and staff are being framed and arrested in false cases (sic)."

The political temperature in the national capital has shot up amid reports that the saffron party might soon take a call on forming the government in Delhi.

Read: 3 AAP members held for pasting 'inflammatory posters'

Since Kejriwal quit his 49-day government in February, Delhi assembly has been under suspended animation and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung the administrative head. He reports to the Union home minister. At this juncture, it is up to the L-G to decide whether he will dissolve the assembly or explore possibilities of government formation with parties.

Kejriwal's fresh attack on the BJP came after AAP members Dilip Pandey, a spokesperson of the party, Ram Kumar Jha and one Javed were picked up and booked for promoting enmity between different religions, among other charges.

Police said they put up posters with "inflammatory remarks" which also appealed to people of a particular community to gherao the house of three Congress legislators for "shaking hands with RSS and BJP".

"Two staff and our del secy dilip pandey interrogated the whole day and arrested (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.

Read: BJP will never do horse-trading: Rajnath Singh to Kejriwal

According to the AAP, one Amanatullah, a local resident, had told police that he put up the posters out of sheer disgust.

"What is the issue? Amanatullah from okhla put up posters in some parts of del expressing displeasure that 3 muslim MLAs were joining BJP.

"Amanatullah alleged that the MLAs had taken Rs. 20 crores each. He asked people to gherao their houses," Kejriwal said in his tweet.

The AAP chief also pointed that Amanatullah was not arrested, while police were arresting only members of the rookie party.

Meanwhile, a PTI report quoted unnamed sources as saying that Kejriwal will meet Jung on Monday.

Kejriwal had recently alleged that Jung was going to invite the BJP to form the government in Delhi.
 
Amid the fast-paced political developments, BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi said on Friday that the ball is in the L-G's court to install a popular government in the national capital.

"He is under statutory duty to explore all the circumstances, to explore all the possibilities and try his level best to install a popular government," Mukhi said.

As reported earlier, the BJP seems set to name Janakpuri MLA Mukhi as the leader of the BJP legislature party, but only if it decides to form the government. This means Mukhi would be the CM of the next BJP-led government in Delhi, if formed.


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