The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Wednesday came out in open to throw its weight behind Aam Aadmi Party condemning the ‘targeting of MLAs belonging to the AAP’ by the Narendra Modi government and ‘its police.’
In its press release, the CPI-M said, “Over the past few days cases have been filed against AAP legislators almost on a daily basis. Some of them are in prison and are being refused bail. Even worse is the filing of a police patently false case against Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi State Women’s Commission.”
Describing the Modi government as authoritarian, the CPI-M said that the Centre was ‘hell-bent on undermining the elected Delhi State Government.’
It added, “The Lt. Governor and Police who are directly responsible to the Central Government are being used as pliant tools to achieve the political ends of the BJP.”
The party agreed with Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi for the latter’s demand of full statehood of the national capital.
It said, “The above situation highlights the need to make Delhi a full-fledged state with the State Government being in charge of both Police and Land.”
“The CPI(M) does not hold any brief for wrongs of this or that AAP legislator. However we cannot accept the motivated and wholesale targeting of elected representatives and demand that the Modi Government put an immediate end to it. At the same time the AAP’s ploy of blaming the Central Government for each of its shortcomings must also stop.”
Kejriwal has often alleged that Modi was using the Delhi Police to harass its MLAs to avenge the defeat of Delhi elections last year.
Delhi Police, which reports to Centre, has already arrested or filed cases against at least 11 MLAs. On Tuesday the cops in Delhi filed an FIR against the Delhi Commission for Women chairman, Swati Maliwal, for allegedly naming a rape victim.