Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was detained by police on Sunday when he was on his way to the prime minister’s residence.
Sisodia, along with some other AAP leaders, was going to 7, RCR, to surrender, when he was first stopped and then detained by the police near Tughlaq Road, according to ANI.
Earlier on Sunday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Manish Sisodia would “surrender to PM” after some vegetable vendors complained against the deputy CM, his latest offensive against Narendra Modi following the arrest of a party MLA a day earlier.
“Complaint filed against Manish Sisodia yesterday. Manish will go to 7, RCR today to surrender himself before PM,” the Delhi CM tweeted, a day after he accused Modi of unleashing “emergency” following the dramatic arrest of Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya.
The PM’s official residence is in the heart of the city at 7, Race Course Road.
Kejriwal also posted a copy of a complaint of the Ghazipur fruit and vegetable traders’ association that sought action against Sisodia for intimidation.
Complaint filed against Manish Sisodia yesterday. Manish will go to 7, RCR today to surrender himself before PM pic.twitter.com/M6hbzksWDO— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 26, 2016
SBK Singh, special commissioners (law&order) said on Sunday that a letter was given by the Ghazipur Vegetable Market Association at the local police station on Saturday but no police action had been initiated so far on the complaint.
No police action has been initiated yet regarding this complaint: SBK Singh, Special Commissioners (Law & Order)— ANI (@ANI_news) June 26, 2016
The deputy chief minister tweeted Saturday evening that some traders operating illegally had threatened to lodge a complaint against him when he conducted a surprise check at Ghazipur market.
He was sure that Modi “would arrange for his arrest by getting the complaint changed” to that of extortion, violence and sexual harassment, Sisodia said.
He tweeted again on Sunday morning saying that he will surrender before the PM.
मोदी जी! आपकी हमसे दुश्मनी है, हमें गिरफ्तार कर लो पर दिल्ली के काम मत रोको। हम सब आपके समक्ष सरेंडर करने आ रहे हैं। https://t.co/Fp7mDi4y7V— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 26, 2016
Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party reacted angrily after the Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Mohaniya from middle of a press conference for allegedly assaulting a group of women in Neb Sarai, a locality in his constituency. Ordered in jail till Monday by the Saket court, Mohaniya has also been accused of intimidation and sexual harassment.
“Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected,” Kejriwal tweeted on Saturday.
AAP said the arrest was an attempt to divert attention from the murder of a civic body legal adviser. The party has alleged the involvement of senior BJP leaders and also pointed fingers at lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung in the shooting death of MM Khan.
The BJP hit out at Kejriwal for protecting Mohaniya and said “circus of jokers” wont’ go on for long.
Mohaniya is the eighth AAP MLA to be arrested after the party swept to power in Delhi in February 2015.
The Saturday’s confrontation is the latest in a series of events that have pitted the AAP and the BJP-led union government against each other.
Kejriwal and his party have accused the Centre of targeting their government and MLAs through Delhi Police. Kejriwal has been pushing for complete statehood for the national capital that would give the local government the control of police and more decision-making powers. “After UK referendum, Delhi will soon have a referendum on full statehood,” he tweeted Friday.