NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been put under house arrest for showing support to the farmers protest. Senior leaders and ministers of the Delhi government attacked the Centre saying because of Kejriwal's visit to Singhu border, "they are scared and this is an attempt to stifle their voice".
This claim of CM Delhi being put on house arrest is incorrect. He exercises his right to free movement within the law of the land. A picture of the house entrance says it all.@DelhiPolice @LtGovDelhi pic.twitter.com/NCWBB9phDS— DCP North Delhi (@DcpNorthDelhi) December 8, 2020
"Because, the Chief Minister has completely supported the agitation of farmers, on the direction of Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi Police have barricaded the entire residence from outside. No one is permitted to leave or enter. This is because the Centre is fearful of the voices coming in support of Bharat Bandh and hence, he is not being allowed to leave," said AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj.
"On the direction of the Home Ministry, the Delhi Police has put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest ever since he visited farmers at Singhu border. No one has been permitted to leave or enter his residence and he has not been allowed to meet anyone. When our MLAs went to meet the chief minister they were beaten and thrown on the streets. The party volunteers were also not allowed to meet," he alleged.
"BJP leaders are standing at the gates of the residence and are being welcomed by police personnel. There is heavy barricading on all sides and even the house maid is not being allowed inside the residence. The Centre is scared that if in this Bharat Bandh, the chosen CM of Delhi stands with farmers then the lie of the Centre will be exposed," Bhardwaj charged.
Mayors, deputy mayors and various other senior leaders of the three BJP-led municipal corporations of the city have been sitting on a dharna outside the official residence of Kejriwal since Monday to demand release of "due funds".
Bhardwaj further said that AAP members will ensure that Kejriwal is "released".
"We were told that there are direct orders from the MHA to keep Kejriwal under house arrest till farmers protest is going on. Today, all our party members have assembled here and we will go towards Kejriwal's residence. If police stops then we will not misbehave but will go to the residence and ensure that Kejriwal is released," he said.
This is after a long time that AAP is seen directly attacking the BJP led government on national issues, Kejriwal had for the past many years kept an approach of no direct clash with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Kejriwal had visited the Singhu border on Monday and reviewed facilities for farmers protesting against the agri marketing laws.
However, police has denied all allegations saying that the chief minister is free to go wherever he wants and he is not under house arrest.
"This claim of CM Delhi being put on house arrest is incorrect. He exercises his right to free movement within the law of the land," tweeted DCP North Delhi.
According to the police, the road leading to the CM's residence has been barricaded to avoid any clash between BJP and AAP workers.
This is because, the three mayors of the municipal bodies along with BJP workers are on a sit-in protest at the main gate of his residence since last night.
Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) also tweeted a photo of the entrance of Kejriwal's residence and denied the allegations.
"This claim of CM Delhi being put on house arrest is incorrect. He exercises his right to free movement within the law of the land. A picture of the house entrance says it all," the DCP North Delhi tweeted.
Other AAP leaders also claimed that the Centre has put Kejriwal under house arrest to ensure that he does not express his support to farmers during the strike.
"Arvind Kejriwal was put under house arrest ever since he returned from the Singhu border. The government does not want Kejriwal to stand with farmers and that is why they took this step," AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh charged.
"By putting Kejriwal under house arrest, the Centre wants to curb all the voices that have come out in support of farmers," Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain charged.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has extended its support to the 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmers' organisations.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws.
The Centre's offer to amend the contentious laws failed to cut ice with farmer groups during the fifth round of talks on Saturday.
(With PTI Inputs)