BJP shifts Sadhvi Jyoti's meeting venue from Trilokpuri after request by Delhi police

The BJP has relocated the scheduled 'nukkad sabha' venue of Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, whose controversial speech recently had stalled parliament for days, following police instructions.

Jyoti, who was to address the 'nukkad sabha' this evening in Block-36 of Trilokpuri, which witnessed communal violence last month, will now be holding the meeting at a venue in
Block-34.

The Delhi police had asked the BJP on Monday to shift the venue of controversial MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's meeting out of Trilokpuri, reported NDTV.

The request was made in the backdrop of a communal clash between Hindus and Muslims that took place in Trilokpuri on Diwali.

 BJP shifts Sadhvi Jyotis meeting venue from Trilokpuri after request by Delhi police

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Ibnlive

"We have changed the venue of Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's nukkad sabha following instructions by police. We have shifted the venue slightly in view of law and order situation. The new venue is in Block-34," said a BJP spokesperson.

Sadhvi Jyoti was supposed to hold the 'nukkad jansabha' on Monday in Trilokpuri. Other BJP leaders including Maneka Gandhi and Ravi Shankar Prasad are also supposed to hold such meetings.

The party will hold around 350 street corner meetings across the national Capital in the coming week and besides these ministers, actor-turned-MPs Kiron Kher and Paresh Rawal will also participate.

A senior party leader had previously said the Sadhvi's episode was now over and the leader would go among the people and apprise them about the work done by the Narendra Modi government.

Party sources also said MPs holding 'nukkad jansabhas' have been advised to avoid giving controversial statements so that opposition could not get another chance to criticise the saffron party.

Sadhvi, a Minister of State for Food Processing, had recently made controversial remarks, leaving the BJP and the government embarrassed.

"Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai," she had said,

Despite an apology, Opposition parties had repeatedly disrupted Parliament proceedings over her remarks.

A police complaint was filed against her on 3 December for allegedly making communal remarks in an election rally.

However, ending a week-long logjam, Rajya Sabha on Monday resumed normal functioning during Question Hour after government and opposition leaders agreed to a compromise formula to end protests over Union Jyoti's controversial remarks.

The truce was arrived during a meeting of leaders with Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari where it was decided that he would endorse PM Modi's statement in the House to end the impasse as well as make a fresh appeal on behalf of the House to "all members of Parliament, ministers and leaders of all political parties to maintain civility at all costs in public discourse".

The prime minister had on Friday said the matter should be put to rest after her apology, but it had failed to satisfy the opposition. Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, he emphasised that everyone should understand limits in public discourse.

"... it is our duty that we understand our limits in public life and stay within our limits while making public discourse. Now we should allow the matter to rest and we should continue with our work in national interest," Modi had said.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 08, 2014 18:50:18 IST