BJP complains against Kejriwal for ‘violating’ model code

MCD election: Delhi police said they had received the complaint and were looking into it. Till late Saturday night, police had not registered an FIR.

delhi Updated: Apr 23, 2017 08:45 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an interview with the PTI in New Delhi on Friday. PTI (PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday filed a complaint against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, for ‘violating model code of conduct.’ The BJP in its complaint to Delhi police accused Kejriwal of posting ‘offensive material’ through a Facebook live programme.

Delhi police said they had received the complaint and were looking into it. Till late Saturday night, police had not registered an FIR.

In a Facebook live programme on Saturday afternoon, the Delhi CM asked Delhities to vote for his party and said that voting for the BJP would mean putting at risk their kids and family member.

“Don’t put your kids at stake due to your love for BJP. Don’t put your family members at stake when you go to vote tomorrow. If they fall sick and suffer… then you will be responsible for it,” he said in his address on social media.

“Don’t vote to make Kejriwal or AAP win. Vote to clean the city. We have to make the city clean. I am not able to do anything. I call BJP people, the mayors and commissioners to clean the city but they don’t do anything,” he said.

Within hours of the chief minister posting his address, a member of Delhi’s BJP legal team filed a complaint with the station house officer of North Avenue police station demanding action for threatening voters and violating the code of conduct by campaigning beyond the deadline. “The chief minister and convener of AAP said that in case residents voted for the BJP they will suffer dengue and chikungunya(sic),” reads a part of the complaint.

Demanding action, the complainant has asked police to ensure that the chief minister’s Facebook account is closed.

AAP’s Delhi in-charge Ashish Talwar said that BJP’s entire campaign was centered around Kejriwal.

“Their campaign against him has failed. BJP’s campaign was bereft of credibility and issues and this complaint is another desperate attempt to stay in the news,” he said.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, later, supported Kejriwal’s statement.

“If we are electing the BJP that spreads garbage everywhere, then you will have to take responsibility of children falling sick,” he said.

One bullet a day

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal “fired one bullet at me” every day. This is Kejriwal’s first direct attack against Baijal since he was appointed the Lt Governor of Delhi on December 31, 2016.

Noting that his government tries to coordinate on various issues related to the development of the national capital, both with the Lt Governor as well as the Centre, the Delhichief minister said “the firing” has intensified just before the MCD polls.

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 00:03 IST