New Delhi: The ink-throwing incident that occurred on 17 January has now turned into a mud-slinging one after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has smelt a ‘BJP conspiracy’ into the entire episode.
In a sharp response to the incident, Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia claimed, "I can see a BJP conspiracy. They want to take advantage of such a situation and attack Kejriwal and the entire cabinet. They may also kill people because they cannot stand the success of the odd-even scheme and AAP's popularity among the masses. Police is a part of the conspiracy."
A young woman, apparently a volunteer of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, a splinter group of AAP, rushed at the ‘Thanks giving ceremony’ at Chhatrasal Stadium on 17 January evening, which Kejriwal had been addressing. While waving some papers at the CM she threw ink at Kejriwal, which landed on two persons standing next to him.
According to an eye-witness, the woman volunteer, Bhavana Arora, claimed that she had been trying to meet the CM and Transport Minister Gopal Rai to discuss about a scam. "She claimed that she wasn’t allowed to meet them, and in desperation she made a forced entry into the venue and out of frustration she threw ink as a protest," the eye-witness told Firstpost.
Bhavna Arora’s claim:
Arora alleged a “big CNG scam” behind the formula, claiming she had proof of the scandal and she would present in court.
“The odd-even rule was positive, but behind that was a big CNG Scam, of which I have a sting. That is why I wanted to meet CM and Gopal Rai ji, but they didn’t agree to meet. I will submit all papers and the sting before the court. Investigation should be done in the matter,” she told a news channel on Monday.
The fortnight-long odd-even experiment to curb air-pollution in Delhi ended on 15 January.
Reacting to the incident, the AAP has posed five questions to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police.
1. When Delhi Police claims to have received specific intelligence about terror attacks in Delhi, is this how it protects its chief minister and the entire cabinet?
2. Was it sheer incompetence of Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sen Bassi and his subordinates that led to this security breach or top brass of Delhi Police connived with its political masters to facilitate this attack?
3. Will the Ministry of Home Affairs now carry out a probe and fix accountability of those responsible of this security lapse and people involved in the conspiracy will be brought to book?
4. Will the MHA probe the involvement of its local leaders, who wasted no time in attributing the attack to the Aam Aadmi Party even before the police could ascertain the identity of the assailant? These are the same individuals who had circulated fake pictures to discredit odd-even Formula.
5. Do the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi Police deny involvement of Delhi Police officials in the conspiracy of attack on Delhi CM and his cabinet and admit that what was displayed today was the level of competence of Delhi Police?
What the BJP says:
While disapproving to the ink-throwing incident on the Delhi CM, the BJP said that the incident reflects the growing frustration amongst people towards the Kejriwal regime.
People of Delhi are shocked to see the loot of public money, rampant corruption and above all protection cover to corrupt leaders & officials of Sheila Dikshit’s regime being allowed by the Kejriwal government.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay accused the AAP of issuing over one lakh CNG stickers to non-CNG and polluting cars at the cost of Rs. 5000 or more. “Odd-Even has become a money earning business for them. I laud and thank the woman who came forward and revealed the huge scam behind the odd-even formula. Even though throwing ink at someone is wrong, but because of her the people of Delhi got to know the hidden scam behind the formula. AAP has always been playing the victim card,” said Upadhyay.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay termed AAP as the party of ‘Allegation Agitation Propaganda’.
“The agenda of AAP is to grab headlines through propaganda and by attacking the PM. After getting official vehicles, bungalows, fat salary, security and everything, probably this is their attempt to get Z-plus security for Kejriwal and his ministers. Post-Independence, Kejriwal is probably the only CM without any portfolio,” added Upadhyay.
Former AAP volunteers’ allegation:
Akhilesh, a former AAP volunteer and now with AAVAM said, “Whatever has happened is nothing new and it speaks about the growing frustration amongst AAP volunteers. If the AAP leadership could mistreat so badly with Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, what better can be expected for the volunteers. There’s so much anger amongst the AAP volunteers in Punjab. We left AAP due to the same reason as the party, which is volunteer-based, unlike the BJP, which is a cadre-based party, didn’t listen to us. Entry of wrong people in AAP has led to this anarchy today.”
AAVAM (Aam Aadmi Volunteer Action Manch) is a splinter group of AAP that was formed after a large number of volunteers left the party and formed the unit.