Congress MLA disrupts Kejriwal's press conference

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2014 19:34 IST

A Congress MLA on Thursday disrupted Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's press conference to mark his government's completion of one month in power.

Asif Mohammad Khan, Congress legislator from Okhla, who had comfortably parked himself among the journalists in packed conference room at Delhi Secretariat, started screaming and accused Kejriwal of lying.

Kejriwal said his government is not going to re-look into the 2008 Batla House encounter case as a court has already delivered its judgement in the Batla House encounter and his government respects the court's verdict.

All hell broke loose after Kejriwal added that setting up a SIT for Batla House was never part of his party's election manifesto.

READ:Cong MLA barges into Kejriwal’s press meet, asks his party to stop support to AAP

"He is lying and fooling people. He raised this issue during his election meetings to woo Muslim voters and now he is taking a u-turn. When they can set up a probe in 1984 riots why can't they do so in the Batla case?" Khan said, who was immediately escorted out of the media room.

"I can never support a liar even if I am expelled from my party," Khan said.

Khan won the 2013 assembly election from Okhla on a Congress ticket and has been vocal against his party's support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to form government in Delhi.

While the AAP has 28 MLAs, Congress has eight MLAs in the 70-member Delhi assembly where the halfway mark to get simple majority is 36.

Justifying his decision to press for a SIT in 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, which claimed almost 3,000 lives, Kejriwal said there were several cases which were not even properly investigated

and in many cases the Delhi Police and the CBI, the two agencies that investigated the riots, had not filed the chargesheet.

Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed during a raid on Batla House on a tip-off that the accused of 2008 serial blasts were present in the building.

Kejriwal refused to answer his questions and walked out of the press meet.

READ:Kejriwal govt opens a new front, to probe '84 riots

Pat on his back

Earlier in the press conference, enumerating his month-old government's achievements, the chief minister patted himself on the back for bringing in an honest and simple government and cracking down on corruption.

Kejriwal said that cases of corruption have drastically come down in the state adding that sting operations to catch corrupt officials has worked and people say work at government offices now more efficient.

"It will be great if an organisation could do a study on whether corruption has reduced in Delhi or not," said Kejriwal while addressing a press conference.

The chief minister said that the jan lokpal bill will be taken up by the cabinet on Friday and will be passed in 10 days by the assembly.

He touched upon various issues that AAP had promised in its election manifesto and said that his government is working towards fulfilling those.

He talked about the bettering the condition of schools under his government, urged upon the need to harvest rain water by tapping natural resources and said that the problem of water mafia is also being solved by and by.

The chief minister reiterated his demand for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe 1984 riots.

"The 1984 riots probe will be taken up before cabinet and if approved we will go to the lieutenant governor for clearance," he said.

Kejriwal had met L-G Najeeb Jung on Wednesday to demand a SIT probe.

He also said that an investigation committee has been formed to look into the issue of women's safety in the state.

"Retired home guards and army personnel to form a part of this committee but it is not a parallel police force," he said.

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