BJP leaders and the civic bodies’ bosses met Delhi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the latter’s house on Tuesday to discuss the way forward on the sealing drive in the national capital. However, the meeting remained inconclusive as the BJP leaders stormed out of the chief minister’s house alleging that they were attacked by AAP supporters, a charge that Kejriwal’s party vehemently denied.
BJP’s Delhi unit chief, Manoj Tiwari, also filed a complaint at the Civil Lines Police Station calling the AAP supporters ‘urban naxalites.’
Tiwari’s tweet said, “Urban Naxalite @ArvindKejriwal provoking his men to attack the peaceful delegation of @BJP4Delhi #KejriwalGoons.”
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) January 30, 2018
Indian Express quoted Tiwari as saying, “I am very shocked. Today, in this democratic country, someone’s sentiments have been hurt. On this day, events which bring shame to certain beliefs which represent our country’s culture — Atithi Devo Bhavah and loktantra (democracy) — took place outside the CM’s residence.”
Contrary to BJP leader’s allegations, AAP said that the meeting ended within few minutes because the four BJP MPs, three MLAs and two mayors left the meeting because they objected to the presence of media.
The party tweeted from its official Twitter handle, “4 MPs, 3 MLAs and 2 Mayors of BJP came to meet CM @ArvindKejriwal & left the meeting without listening to him. Are BJP representatives really serious in Traders issues or they just want to divert the issue from sealing by BJP governed authorities? (sic)”
4 MPs, 3 MLAs and 2 Mayors of BJP came to meet CM @ArvindKejriwal & left the meeting without listening to him.
Are BJP representatives really serious in Traders issues or they just want to divert the issue from sealing by BJP governed authorities? pic.twitter.com/qTFRAulkXX
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) January 30, 2018
Kejriwal too told NDTV that the BJP leaders were afraid of the media’s presence. He said, “I arranged for them to sit down, have snacks with us. I arranged for us to sit and talk transparently, but the truth is BJP doesn’t want the issue to be resolved.”
He said that his government will approach the Supreme Court against the sealing drive by the BJP-run civic bodies. Later in the day, Kejriwal also shared a video, where he is seen persuading the BJP’s leader of the opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, to stay back for the meeting while also offering him tea.
From earlier today. Delhi Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal can be seen pleading with Delhi’s BJP MPs to stay and talk about solutions to the sealing drive in the city.
“Chai toh peelo baith ke, (At least sit and have tea with us)” says CM Kejriwal in this video. pic.twitter.com/w9bfjk7UC2
— Uday Singh Rana (@UdaySRana) January 30, 2018
Meanwhile, Kejriwal is likely to meet LG Anil Baijal on Wednesday to discuss the traders’ grievances as a result of the sealing drive in the city.