BJP calls APP 'unguided missiles' and Congress accuses them of 'drama'
Mumbai: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday called Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal a “mad chief minister" over his street protests. Ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too joined in the direct attack saying “CM in Delhi" stands for “Chosen Madness".
Kejriwal continued to be at the receiving end for his two-day dharna which was called off Tuesday night with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raising the pitch dubbing him and his ministerial and party colleagues as “unguided missiles" and saying they should behave responsibly as they are now bound by the Constitution.
AAP’s outside supporter Congress said theatrics and drama, use of irresponsible and intimidating language and flagrant violation of law and Constitution have no place in our democratic polity.
“When I was in Kherwadi police station in Mumbai’s Bandra area, I did not get leave because there were Sena (led) riots. Similarly, yesterday (in Delhi), because of a ‘veda mukhyamantri’ (mad chief minister) sitting there (on dharna), I had to cancel the leave of policemen," Shinde, who was targeted repeatedly by Kejriwal, said. He, however, did not name the chief minister.
Shinde’s remarks came while addressing a meeting at Hingoli in Marathwada region where he spoke about an instance in the 1970s, when as a policeman, he could not get leave after his marriage due to work pressure. Kejriwal had called Shinde corrupt and inefficient and dared the home minister to evict him from the dharna venue near Rail Bhavan during his protest against the Delhi police.
Upping the ante against AAP, Congress spokesperson Randip Surjewala said the latter should look within and realize inconvenience caused to common man due to their “theatrics and drama" of agitation.
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh taunted the Delhi chief minister asking why did he send AAP leader Yogendra Yadav to negotiate with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to end the stir. “Kejriwal said that they will not negotiate. It’s not a grocery shop. But ultimately they did negotiate. Yogendra Yadav negotiated with the LG and wondered whether to trust their words further or not,“ he said, adding Kejriwal has no respect for law. Another party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit said the agitation “drama was staged by AAP to take away people’s attention from other issues, they were not able to address.
“Leaders of AAP should realize they cannot remain unguided missiles any more as they are now bound by the Constitution. Still they believe like unguided missiles," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley described AAP protest as “unacceptable" and said it would not appeal to the Lok Sabha voters as it is anarchic and lacks the qualities required for providing much-needed political stability and responsible governance.
Separately, In a scathing attack on Kejriwal, finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that AAP should quit if they don’t know how to govern.
“That (holding two-day long dharna on Delhi streets) is not governance. That is abdicating governance. If you don’t know how to govern, quit," he said.
Chidambaram said that “You can’t mask your inability to govern by street agitations. The line that divides agitation and anarchy is a very thin line and they may have crossed that line in the last few days."