Mukhi may drag Kejri to court over poster row

AAP uses BJP leader's picture to promote own chief

The Delhi BJP has advised its leader Jagdish Mukhi, former legislator from Janakpuri, to take legal advice and confront the Aam Aadmi Party on the new party’s poster which uses the BJP leader’s photo.

The AAP poster also carries a photo of Arvind Kejriwal and talks of a Kejriwal versus Mukhi clash for the chief minister’s post in the coming Assembly elections.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay told reporters on Monday: “We have advised Mukhi to consult lawyers and, if needed, file a case in court for ‘misuse’ of his photo.”

“The BJP has not announced any chief minister face for the Assembly polls in February,” said Upadhyay.

He slammed Kejriwal for double-speak and pursuing politics of “hit-and-run” by making statements aimed at gaining attention.

“Who is Kejriwal to decide our party’s chief minister?” asked Upadhyay, adding that the party had not announced a chief minister candidate for the Assembly elections.
The BJP went to polls without a chief minister candidate even in the Maharashtra and Haryana elections.

“The face of our party would be the lotus,” he said, expressing confidence that the BJP will form the next government in Delhi.

The “objectionable” AAP poster on Kejriwal and Mukhi says the Janakpuri legislator is the chief minister candidate of the BJP and the voters should make a choice between the two in the coming Assembly polls.

He confirmed that the BJP has ordered several poll-related surveys and to assess the mood of the voters, among other things, but refused to reveal their outcome.

“The surveys are for our party’s consumption. We will not share their findings with public. All I can say is we are going to comfortably form the next government, without losing sight of our mission to win in all 60 Assembly segments in which won during the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. 

The Delhi BJP chief denied receiving any legal notice from the AAP over his alleged remarks questioning the new party’s funding. Earlier, Upadhyay told reporters that the over one lakh striking lawyers of city’s district courts have ended their strike, launched on December 9, after he and members of the Delhi BJP’s legal cell took up their cause with the central government.

The delegation met Law and Justice Minister Sadanand Gowda who assured that the central government will take steps during the on-going session of Parliament for raising the pecuniary jurisdiction of the district courts.

The lawyers want the pecuniary jurisdiction of the district courts to be raised from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 crore, said chairman of the Co-Ordination Committee of All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi R K Wadhwa.

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