BJP today attacked Aam Aadmi Party accusing it of attempting to vitiate the peaceful environment ahead of Lok Sabha elections and urged the Election Commission to take note of it.
"The way AAP has displayed anarchy and violence on the day election has been declared in the country. They are trying to disturb and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the country which could affect the free, fair and peaceful conduct of polls, which is the hallmark of democracy. It is the duty of the Election Commission to check that the party to whom it has given recognition recently is not ready to accept the constitution, democratic values, the law of the land as well as the Model Code of Conduct," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
He accused AAP of being "the gentle face of Maoism" and said they think they are a law unto themselves. "They are trying to hijack democracy through anarchy," he charged.
Talking about AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who was detained in Gujarat after the Model Code of Conduct was enforced with the declaration of Lok Sabha poll schedule, Naqvi said some people think they are a law unto themselves. "For any programme that has to take place during the Model Code of Conduct, prior permission of the Chief Electoral Officer has to be taken, which Kejriwal had not," he said, adding no one is stopping Kejriwal from seeing the development that has taken place in Gujarat.
AAP workers today fought pitched battles with BJP activists outside the saffron party headquarters here hours after Kejriwal was detained briefly in Gujarat. Kejriwal also accused Modi of trying to stall his visit to Gujarat after he was briefly "detained" by police and claimed he did not find any evidence of development claimed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.