New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday alleged that the Shaheen Bagh protests were sponsored, with its spokesperson Amit Malviya tweeting a video of social activist Teesta Setalvad ‘coaching’ the women protesters ahead of their meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors later today. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: Supreme Court-Appointed Panel of Interlocutors to Meet Today
Malviya tweeted: “Teesta Setalvad tutoring Shaheen Bagh protestors on what questions to ask the interlocutors, appointed by the Supreme Court. See how organic and spontaneous this movement is?” Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Stir: 'Can't Have Everyone on Road', Says SC; Appoints Senior Counsels as Interlocutors
In the video, Teesta Setalvad can be seen telling protesters what questions they should ask the panel as and when the meeting takes place. She tells them to ask the following five questions of the interlocutors:
Would relocating the Shaheen Bagh protest lead to the weakening of the movement?
If we relocate the protest, who would be responsible for the safety and security of the women protesters?
Putting forth our own views on inconvenience to the public due to the protest
Would opening up half the road resolve the problem?
Would changing the structure of the Shaheen Bagh protest weaken the movement?
The three-member mediation panel, comprising senior Supreme Court counsels Sanjay Hegde, Sadhana Ramachandran and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah was appointed by the top court during hearing on a Shaheen Bagh-related plea on Monday.
The plea is in connection with the protesters occupying a key road connecting Delhi with its satellite city of Noida, inconveniencing lakhs of commuters. Led by women, the protesters have been observing a peaceful sit-in against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) since December 15.
The next hearing in the case will take place on February 24.