BJP accuses Somnath Bharti of 'racism'

BJP accuses Somnath Bharti of 'racism'

BJP accuses Somnath Bharti of 'racism'

BJP on Sunday accused Delhi's law minister Somnath Bharti of "racism" and wondered if the dharna planned by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to demand suspension of some police officials is a ploy for "a way out of the government and get back to the streets".

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Aam Admi Party (AAP) is obviously more comfortable doing a dharna than working in the secretariat, noting that the past three weeks have shown that the party gets into a "self-destructive mode" at the secretariat.

"Is the planned dharna for one day a ploy to fracture its non-transparent arrangement with Congress? Is the AAP looking for a way out of the government and get back to the streets? Or is it exploiting the non-preparedness of Congress and the home minister into yielding to its demand," he said in a statement.

Jaitley was reacting on Kejriwal's decision to stage a dharna outside home ministry on Monday demanding action against policemen who refused to "cooperate" with Bharti in cracking down on an alleged drug and prostitution ring involving some Ugandan nationals in South Delhi.

Jaitley said Bharti has created serious problems for Africans staying in the capital.

"His approach appears to be a racist one. The party within days has become victim of its own unconventional style. Mobs can't take decisions. They can at best be populist," the leader said.

Bharti is at the centre of a raging row as he tried to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring involving foreign nationals but the police refused to do his bidding citing lack of warrant.

Kejriwal has defended Bharti, saying he acted on the complaint of people, and instead accused police of not acting on the minister's complaint.

Jaitley said AAP used the government formation in Delhi to create enthusiasm among its supporters across the country but its performance is becoming "embarrassing by the day".

"The party comprises of ideologists, activists, the self-opinionated and the self-righteous. Some of the supporters have joined the party or voted for it with a sense of idealism. Forming a party and running a government is very different from leading an agitation," he said. NHRC seeks report from Centre, Delhi govt on Bharti incident

NHRC sought reports from the home ministry, Delhi government and city police in connection with alleged incidents of "racial prejudice" and "unlawful acts" against some African nationals in South Delhi.

According to an NHRC statement released on Sunday, notices in this connection were issue to secretary, union ministry of home affairs, chief secretary, government of NCT Delhi and Delhi police commissioner. They have been given three days' time to submit a report in this regard.

It was apparently referring to a midnight raid against African women by a group led by Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti which accused them of being involved in prostitution and drug racket in Khirki Extension Area.

"In the wake of media reports alleging attacks and the acts of discrimination against African nationals, the National Human Rights Commission has condemned any act of discrimination against any caste, colour, race, sex etc," the statement said.

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