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AAP says workers harassed; police, BJP deny claim

Three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using the Delhi Police to harass people appointed by the party for campaigning through telephone calls . Both the BJP and Delhi Police refuted the allegations.

delhi Updated: Mar 13, 2019 07:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Last year, the AAP had claimed that names of voters had mysteriously disappeared from the electoral rolls of Delhi over a period of four years. (Picture for representation)

Three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using the Delhi Police to harass people appointed by the party for campaigning through telephone calls. Both the BJP and Delhi Police refuted the allegations.

Last year, the AAP had claimed that names of voters had mysteriously disappeared from the electoral rolls of Delhi over a period of four years. The Election Commission of India had later refuted the claim, pegged the number at four lakh and attributed the deletion to due process carried under provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

In February, the commission went on to lodge a police complaint against the party for allegedly going ahead with telephonic ads, in which people in Delhi were being told about 30 lakh deleted votes. The case was transferred to the crime branch of the Delhi Police.

Atishi, AAP’s candidate for the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, said that the party had pegged the 30 lakh figure only after a ground-level verification. He compared the incident with the deletion of voters from electoral rolls in Telangana ahead of the assembly elections in the state last December.

“Call centres hired by the Aam Aadmi Party are now being harassed and intimidated by the Delhi Police. They are being called every day to the crime branch for questioning… since the BJP’s strategy of voter deletion has been exposed, they are now trying to use the Delhi Police to harass call centres,” she said.

Raghav Chaddha, the party’s candidate from the South Delhi constituency, also accused the Delhi Police of hounding AAP for the same.

Later in the day, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, said on twitter: “With the help of Delhi Police, BJP is trying to tamper with the election process. They are preparing to get our candidates arrested. I shall meet the honourable President of India and Election Commission of India and urge them to initiate a probe against Delhi Police.”

Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor refuted the allegation. “This is untrue,” he said.

The Delhi Police refuted the allegation too. “We have questioned some individuals in connection with the case. It is part of the investigation. How can that be called harassment?” said additional PRO of Delhi Police Anil Mittal.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 00:36 IST