The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be launching an intensive campaign in Muslim-dominated areas ‘cautioning’ people against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Accusing AAP of indulging in communal politics, the Delhi BJP accused Arvind Kejriwal and his men of misleading people by raking up the Batla House encounter case and terming it fake to secure their votes. The BJP also questioned the motive of the AAP behind launching such a ‘malicious’ campaign and said Kejriwal and his men have no vision and no model of development for the city.
It alleged that the party was only taking up the issued related to the Muslims while other minority communities of the society were being ignored by AAP. “Why is AAP convinced to lure a particular section of minorityIJ We will file a complaint to the Election Commission. There is no difference between Congress and AAP; both parties are hand-in-glove and trying to appease minorities and dividing the community,” said Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana.
The controversy erupted after Kejriwal, during his campaigning in Old Delhi areas like Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk and Matia Mahal, had circulated pamphlets among locals terming the Batla House encounter fake.
The party claimed it has been fighting a legal battle against the ‘fake’ encounter case. “The AAP has been struggling for the rights of the minorities. Several Muslims have been killed in fake encounters in Gujarat. Similarly, our leader Prashant Bhushan has also been fighting a legal battle against the fake Batla House encounter for rights of the Muslims,” the pamphlet read.
Taking strong exception to it, the BJP said the AAP was no different from the Congress and that both parties have been appeasing the minorities for electoral gains by raising such issues.
“The court has established the genuineness of the Batla House encounter. It is an apparent attempt by Kejriwal to poison the environment ahead of the elections,” said Atif Rasheed, president of Delhi BJP’s minority cell. He accused the AAP of communalising politics in the Walled City areas, mostly dominated by the Muslims, and said the party would launch a campaign against their sinister attempts.
“By terming the encounter fake, Kejriwal is not only misleading people but also challenging the court’s verdict. This is an attempt to divide the society along communal lines. If Kejriwal and his aides have any evidence to support their claim, they should go to court instead of misleading people,” Rasheed added.
Invoking the sentiments of the minorities, Kejriwal, during his door-to-door campaign on Sunday morning, distributed pamphlets terming Batla House encounter fake.
Wearing a cap with Main Hoon Aam Aadmi written in Urdu, Kejriwal and his supporters distributed the letters. Distribution of the letter created controversy as a court in Delhi has also already pronounced the judgement in Batla House encounter case. This was the same encounter wherein Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed by IM terrorists. During the campaign, Kejriwal was accompanied by AAP candidate from Matia Mahal, Shakeel Anjum and candidate from Ballimaran, Farhana Anjum.