EC asks AAP explanation on violence

EC asks AAP explanation on violence

Spelling more trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi Election Commission on Thursday sought a clarification from the party over the apparent breaking of model code of conduct by them by staging a violent protest at BJP headquarters. 

The Divisional Commissioner of New Delhi District wrote to the AAP seeking reply at the earliest.

“Holding any political gathering without prior intimation is violation of model code of conduct. We have sought reply from the party over the violent protest,” said a Delhi Election Commission official.

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP also met the capital's Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev, seeking cancellation of registration of AAP. A high level delegation of BJP, led by party’s state unit president Harsh Vardhan, requested Dev for strict action against the AAP leaders.

“The AAP workers did not care about model code of conduct and targeted BJP office. It is dangerous for a democracy. They had also circulated messages on mobile phones to invite people at the BJP headquarters at 11, Ashoka Road, for a violent protest,” the BJP said in a statement.

The BJP leaders accused journalist-turned-politician and AAP candidate from Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency Ashutosh, and Shazia Ilmi, Rajmohan Gandhi and other AAP leaders for inciting the mob for stone pelting and damaging property of BJP office.

“It was also demanded in the meeting that the Chief Election Commissioner and the President of India should take cognizance of this incident and direct the concerned authorities to take stern action against the AAP leaders,” the party said.

The AAP, in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), alleged biased action by Delhi police and accused the BJP workers of beating up protesters. “No FIR has been filed against BJP workers who indulged in violence,” the party told the CEC.

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