New Delhi, June 14: Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday alleged that BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa and a mob of 20 men tried to assault him inside the premises of the Delhi Secretariat, despite the presence of policemen. The incident occurred when Hussain was leaving his office to attend a meeting on Delhi’s air pollution at the L-G office.
Hussain, a member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said,“I had called two meetings on Thursday. I had called the Food Commissioner and Environment Secretary for a meeting. Neither of them came. L-G called for a meeting at the same time as my meeting. I left to meet the L-G at 2:40 pm. When I exited the lift, Manjinder Singh Sirsa (BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden) assaulted me. There were at least 15 policemen who were standing there who did nothing. I am going to file an FIR.” Hussain has lodged a complaint regarding this issue at the IP Estate police station.
So far three such alleged incidents have taken place in the secretariat during the last four months.
Displeased by the incident, AAP MP Sanjay Singh commented, “Delhi Secretariat has become a den of hooliganism for some BJP leaders. The security of the Secretariat is in the hands of the Modi Government. So, why is it that these BJP leaders have not been arrested?”
In retaliation, BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden, Manjinder Singh Sirsa along with West Delhi MP Parvesh Singh Sahib Verma, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta and MLA Jagadish Pradhan protested against the Kejriwal government outside the CM’s office at Secretariat on Thursday. Sirsa defended himself by saying, “Like their leader Kejriwal, Hussain and Sanjay Singh are also enacting a drama. There are CCTV cameras and their footage could be examined to verify his claim. I will file a complaint against the duo for defaming me.”
Shocked by the incident, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the BJP had “occupied” the Secretariat.
In February, Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by two AAP MLAs during a meeting at Arvind Kejriwal’s office. A few hours after the incident, Minister Imran Hussain and his staff were attacked by a mob of 150-200 at the lobby of the Delhi Secretariat. Subsequently, AAP released videos of the incident which clearly showed the face of the attacker. On the same day, senior AAP leader Ashish Khetan claimed that he was assaulted on another floor by a mob.