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Kejriwal meets LG Jung amid growing demand to sack Bharti

PTI  New Delhi, January 23, 2014
First Published: 11:41 IST(23/1/2014) | Last Updated: 17:27 IST(23/1/2014)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and is believed to have discussed the controversy surrounding law minister Somnath Bharti, who is under attack for allegedly heading a group of assaulters in a midnight raid in south Delhi.

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The meeting came a day after various women rights activists and Delhi Commission for Women sought action against Bharti for allegedly taking law into his hands.

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BJP today also attacked the Delhi law minister saying Bharti must be sacked. "...Somnath Bharti must be sacked. He has got no moral constitutional right to remain in office even for a moment," BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad said.

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Prasad also alleged 'match-fixing' between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress, which is giving outside support to the Kejriwal government, to stop Narendra Modi's journey to the Prime Minister's post.

"I would say there is a fixed match between AAP and the Congress party to somehow stop Narendra Modi. ...But I could never imagine the bubble of aam aadmi would burst soon," said Prasad, who is deputy leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha.

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Various women rights activists and Delhi Commission for Women have sought action against Bharti for allegedly taking law into his hands.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves after meeting Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

The AAP government has come under attack from rivals and women's activists who said the chief minister had staged a two-day dharna in the name of women's safety but was following "double standards" on the issue of the minister.

Bharti was involved in a row with the police last week when they refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution racket following which he allegedly led his supporters in forcing African women to give urine samples.

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With the minister becoming a source of a major embarrassment, AAP has advised him to be "careful and humble" while making public statements.

A number of party leaders are said to be upset with Bharti who had earlier stoked controversies by seeking a meeting of Delhi judges and was involved in talking to a witness he was cross examining as a lawyer.

One of the African women, who has recorded her statement before a magistrate, had said she identified Bharti as having led the group that barged into her house and attacked them.

"We were attacked on Wednesday night by Indians who were led by Somnath Bharti...We were harassed, we were beaten, they were having long sticks. They said we should leave their country or else they would kill us one by one," the Ugandan national had said.

Bharti has refused to make any comments on the demands for his removal while the party and his colleagues came in his defence, saying any citizen, more so a minister, has the right to ask police to act on any illegal activity.

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