Reacting to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led protest demanding suspension of Delhi Police personnel, who have been accused by his administration of dereliction of duty, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Goel on Tuesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was behaving like Maoists.
“The way AAP and Arvind Kejriwal are holding this protest, is not going to be beneficial for the public. The steps they are taking are of Maoist approach,” said Goel.
He further said that he found the Congress equally responsible for the situation.
“I find the Congress equally responsible for the whole drama that is being created. On one side, they have extended their support to AAP, and on the other side they are saying that they are against them,” he said.
Kejriwal says the Delhi Government must be given charge of the city's police force which currently reports to the central government via the Home Ministry. His demand comes after last week's gang-rape of a Danish tourist, and a controversial midnight raid by Law Minister Bharti in South Delhi's Khirki Extension area.
The minister asked the police to arrest Ugandan citizens and raid a house where he alleged they were trafficking drugs and sex. The police refused, saying they had no warrant.
Braving the Delhi winter, Kejriwal slept on a mattress at the side of the road, right next to his blue Wagon R.
Four Metro stations have been shut near North Block. The police had asked Mr Kejriwal to shift his protest to Jantar Mantar, but their attempts failed.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, after the cabinet meeting yesterday, met the Prime Minister and apprised him of the developments and the planned action.
Kejriwal has rejected Shinde's offer that appropriate action will be considered against three Delhi Police cops the Chief Minister wants suspended after an inquiry. He has demanded the immediate suspension of the cops, who he has accused of dereliction of duty.
The AAP has also alleged that one of their ministers, Saurabh Bharadwaj, had been arrested and made to sit in a bus.
The Delhi Police has denied the charge. They said Bharadwaj had sat in the bus of his own accord. The cops disconnected the public address system in an attempt to make the protesters shift to Jantar Mantar, an area earmarked for demonstrations.
Both the BJP and the Congress have severely criticised Kejriwal for his unprecedented protest.
The BJP called it "anarchy", while the Congress said he was "taking the law in his own hands.
Shinde has asked Kejriwal to "maintain the dignity of the Chief Minister's office."