Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday called Rahul Gandhi a “kid” after the Congress vice-president questioned Aam Aadmi Party’s protests outside Parliament over the demolition of a slum cluster in west Delhi’s Shakur Basti area.
“Rahul Gandhi is still a kid. Perhaps his party has not told him that railways comes under the government of India, not the Delhi government,” Kejriwal posted on Twitter.
राहुल गांधी जी अभी बच्चे हैं। उनकी पार्टी ने शायद उन्हें बताया नहीं की रेल्वे केंद्र सरकार के अंडर आती है, दिल्ली सरकार के नहीं।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2015
AAP members Raghav Chadha and Ashutosh added fuel to the fire when they tweeted:
While he was enjoying street food, shanties were being demolished, a baby died in cold. 48hours later he wakes up. https://t.co/mOloszUod5— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) December 14, 2015
Now I know y Congress is reduced to 44?From ग़रीबी हटाओ It has come to support Modi's ग़रीब हटाओ.This is Rahul-used to talk about Kalavati— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) December 14, 2015
Gandhi was quoted by the ANI saying, “Why is AAP doing dharna in Parliament? It’s under their government that demolition happened.”
Rahul Gandhi even visited the razed Shakur Basti where the Indian Railways had conducted a demolition drive, uprooting around 500 jhuggis. While speaking to the slum dwellers, Rahul promised them that he would offer every kind of assistance to the slum dwellers.
Modi sarkar &Kejriwal sarkar are responsible for what has happened. But now they are busy blaming each other #Shakurbasti— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 14, 2015
Instead they should provide help to the people who have been displaced & rehabilitate them— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 14, 2015
“Call me if they try to break your homes again and I promise I won’t let it happen. I will help you in every way possible. You know we are not in power, its Modi ji and Kejriwal ji who are at power. You’re fight is our fight,” Rahul was quoted as saying by ANI.
The war of words escalated further after Congress spokesperson tweeted at Kejriwal and asked him to maintain ‘certain standards in political discourse.
Kejriwal Ji, some standards in political discourse should be maintained. AAP abhi kachche hain ! https://t.co/CCCyNLDMLW— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) December 14, 2015
Meanwhile, AAP and TMC MPs staged a protest outside Parliament over the demolition of Shakur Basti.
A six-month-old infant died at the slum cluster which was torn down by the railways. While police said the baby died after a heap of clothes fell on her, railway authorities said she died at around 10am on Saturday, two hours before the demolition drive began.
Kejriwal suspended three city officials for failing to provide relief to those evicted and hit out at the central ministry in a flurry of tweets on Sunday.
The Kejriwal-led party also raised the issue in both the Houses of Parliament along with the Janata Dal(United) and the Trinamool Congress. While the AAP has moved an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha, TMC and JD(U) have raised the matter in the upper house.
Kejriwal also wrote on Twitter that he has sought an appointment with railway minister Suresh Prabhu over the matter.
Sought an appointment with Railway Minister, Sh Suresh Prabhu ji— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2015
The Kejriwal-led AAP, which won 67 of the 70 seats in this year’s assembly election, has been locked in a bitter turf war in the capital with the BJP-led Centre.
The CM had rushed to the site on Saturday night and questioned authorities for taking “selective” action. “There are court orders to raze properties of some rich n politicians in Delhi,” he tweeted. “Those orders r never implemented.”
Delhi minister for home Satyendra Jain even alleged the demolition was carried out “to teach a lesson” to people who had voted for Kejriwal.