Posters blaming Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal for demolition of ‘piao’ (water kiosk) at Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in Delhi and equating him with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi have dotted SAS Nagar and Kharar, with signatures of Akhand Kirtani Jatha Amritsari (Urban) on them.
These posters, having the pictures of both Indira Gandhi and Kejriwal, say the Delhi CM is towing the line of former PM Indira Gandhi.
Taking a serious note of these forged posters, the local unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday complained about the matter to senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.
The party alleged these posters showing Kejriwal in a bad light were pasted in public places on the night of May 19.
Talking to the media after meeting the SSP, party spokesperson and legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill said, “The posters depict false facts. This has been done under a deep-rooted political conspiracy against the party.”
“We demand a thorough investigation as this conspiracy can hurt the religious harmony in the state,” said Shergill, adding that some political outfits were afraid of the overwhelming response to the party in Punjab.
Clarifying Kejriwal has nothing to do with the ‘piao’ issue, Shergill also said the demolition was carried out by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-lead North Delhi municipal corporation (NDMC). “Documents pertaining to the NDMC requesting the deputy commissioner of police, north district, Civil Lines Delhi, to provide adequate police force to raze ‘piao’ and other religious structures in Chandni Chowk area have been attached with the complaint,” said Shergill.
Demanding an FIR in the case, he said the culprits responsible for this criminal act should be arrested soon. He added the police should be more vigilant regarding activities that affect the religious harmony.
AKHAND KIRTANI JATHA DISOWNS POSTERS
RP Singh, chief spokesperson of Akhand Kirtani Jatha, in a statement has denied its involvement in putting up the posters. “We are a religious organisation, and have nothing to do with the politics, and the posters that have been put up in the name of our branch,” said RP Singh, while talking to HT.
He added, “This has been done to malign our name. We urge the government and the police to take appropriate action against the accused.”