25 Jul 2016

AAP accuses PM of arresting its MLAs

AAP workers block traffic in protest against arrest of party MLA Amanatullah Khan in New Delhi on Sunday.PHOTO: PTI

: The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of arresting its MLAs on spurious charges.

Soon after MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested on Sunday on molestation charges, the party slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for arresting their MLAs . Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the PM of sending ‘Delhiities to jail under false cases’.
“It is shameful that Modi ji has diverted entire police from protecting women to arresting his political opponents [sic]”, Mr Kejriwal, tweeted. AAP’s Okhla MLA, Amanatullah Khan, who is also the Delhi Waqf Board chairman, is the third MLA in a month to be arrested on molestation/harassment charges and tenth legislator to be arrested ever since AAP came to power last year.

With AAP going full throttle in Gujarat to contest the elections next year, Mr Kejriwal comparing the arrest of Patidars in Gujarat to ones in Delhi, tweeted, “In Gujarat, Anandiben Patel sends dalits and Patidars to jails under false cases. In Delhi, Modi ji sends Delhiities sends to jail under false cases. Now Delhi and Gujarat will fight (against this) together.”

Mr. Khan was arrested after a woman alleged that he tried to mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts. Even on Saturday, the Okhla MLA during a press conference released a video and claimed that the video shows that the complainant was tutored by a police official of Jamia Nagar Police Station to press charges against him.

Party leaders in defence of Amanatullah termed his arrest as the ‘darkest time’ after Emergency in 1975. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre is not able to confront its opponents politically, adding that this is the reason for the ruling dispensation to resort to such lows. He said that even after a video was uploaded proving that the case is false, the police went ahead with the arrest. “The woman complainant has in that video accepted that she made false allegations after being pressurised by the police. Still Amanatullah Khan Sahib has been arrested, this shows how coward is Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Mr Pandey, AAP’s Delhi unit head. “It is clear that Modiji has no issues with anyone else but Arvind Kejriwalji,” he added.

AAP leader Ashutosh claimed that Mr Khan was not even allowed to wear slippers by the police which came to arrest him and they turned all the CCTVs towards the ceiling.

He said the BJP was scared because of the rising popularity of AAP. “Amanatullah was not even allowed to wear slippers/while arresting all the CCTV cameras were turned towards ceiling by police. This is Modi’s law. He gives a damn to law and evidences. People are watching. AAP’s rising graph has scared Modi,” (sic) Ashutosh tweeted.
Source - The Hindu

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