New Delhi: Several Bharatiya Janata Party workers launched a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday over his recent remark on National Register of Citizens (NRC).
As the protest turned violent, police teams were sent to the location to curb the situation. Police have subsequently detained members of BJP’s Purvanchal Morcha who were protesting the Delhi CM’s remark on Manoj Tiwari.
The protest comes hours after the Delhi unit of the BJP filed a police complaint against the Delhi CM along with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj alleging that they hurt the sentiments of the Poorvanchali community in the national capital with his comment on Delhi’s BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.
Earlier today, a complaint was filed by BJP leaders Neelkant Bakshi and Kapil Mishra against the AAP duo for ‘spreading false rumours on NRC, lying on guidelines set by Supreme Court, comparing citizens of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan with infiltrators’.
On Wednesday, Kejriwal had bashed BJP state chief Manoj Tiwari for the party’s attempt to impose the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in all states. His statement was captured in a video shared by ANI where he said, “If NRC is implemented in Delhi then Manoj Tiwari will be the first one who will have to leave.”
Starting a feud on the issue, Tiwari responded by questioning the Delhi CM if he meant that a person hailing from Purvanchal was an infiltrator to be chased out of the city.
He asked, “People who have migrated from other states are considered as foreigners by you (Arvind Kejriwal)? You want to chase them out from Delhi, you’re one among them. If this is his intention then I think he has lost his mental stability. How does an IRS officer not know what NRC is?”
Tiwari had on several occasions said that the national capital needs a citizen list like the one implemented in Assam due to the presence of a “large number” of illegal immigrants including Bangladeshis and Rohingyas who have been found involved in “criminal activities”.