At least 17 people were killed in the fire in Bawana’s industrial area on Saturday night. The fire had started reportedly from a plastic factory in the region.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed their anguish over the loss of lives. Kejriwal had visited the spot to assess the situation. Also reaching the spot was BJP leader and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Aggarwal.
However, just before her interaction with the media, she was caught on camera secretly confessing to her associates that the licensing of the factory fell under her jurisdiction.
She was heard saying, “is factory ki licensing hamare paas hai isliye hum kuch nahi bol sakte. (We can’t comment on this because we are the licensing authority of this factory.)” Agrawal’s confession may have come in light of media reports that rules may have been compromised leading to the fire.
#WATCH: In the aftermath of Bawana factory fire, BJP leader & North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Aggarwal caught on cam telling her aide, ‘iss factory ki licensing hamare paas hai isliye hum kuch nahi bol sakte.’ The incident has claimed 17 lives. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/zXfVjNADl2
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2018
Aggarwal’s action was quickly deemed ‘shameful’ with many condemning her and her party for shaming the humanity.
राजनीति में इससे शर्मनाक कुछ नहीं हो सकता कि 17 लोगों की लाश पर कोई नेता इसलिए चुप है क्योंकि लाइसेंस उसी की पार्टी की एमसीडी ने दिया है। नार्थ एमसीडी मेयर और @BJP4Delhi नेता प्रीति अग्रवाल “इस फैक्टरी का लाइसेंस हमारे पास है इसलिए इस पर हम कुछ नहीं बोल सकते” pic.twitter.com/Xbf5kCnYyf
— Anurag Dhanda (@anuragdhanda) January 20, 2018
ये राजनीति का कौन सा चेहरा है, बेहद शर्मनाक…’हम कुछ नहीं बोल सकते’.. इनके लिए राजनीति के आगे किसी की जान की कोई कीमत नहीं https://t.co/cC9UXHX5zL
— Poonam Pandey (@pandeypoonam20) January 21, 2018
Reacting to the raging controversy surrounding his leader, Delhi BJP President, Manoj Tiwari, told ANI, “Preeti Aggarwal asked whom does the factory come under, it’s murmuring, only ‘ye factory’ is clear. Ppl are trying to make that fake video viral at a sad time just to blame BJP. CM re tweeted it, he must apologise for such low-level politics in time of despair.”