The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) decided not to take any action against Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti in a meeting of the party’s political affairs committee held on Thursday evening. The party will wait for the judicial enquiry to be over before taking any decision against Bharti. But the party did warn him to be careful with his public utterances and use of language.
Opposition parties have demanded Bharti’s resignation, after a Ugandan woman registered a complaint that a group of unknown people assaulted Ugandan and Nigerian women on Thursday and forced them to give urine samples after alleging that they were running prostitution and drug rackets while Bharti, who was present at the spot, was allegedly making racist remarks against them. The law minister was also present at the meeting of the political affairs committee. “Looking at the evidence, prima facie, we don’t find anything procedurally wrong... Mr. Bharti did not misuse his powers as a minister,” AAP’s chief spokesperson Yogendra Yadav said after coming out of the meeting. He added that action would be taken against Bharti if he was found guilty in an inquiry ordered by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The party, though, warned Bharti against the use of “distasteful language”, referring to his recent remarks against senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and senior lawyer Harish Salve who is representing the Ugandan women who have filed a police case.
Sources said that the party had gone through the entire footage of video recordings of the midnight raid, which were sourced from the media, and found nothing incriminating against Bharti, but the party is not happy with Bharti’s brashness and public utterances at a time when it is planning to contest Lok Sabha polls for the first time. With both Congress and BJP demanding Bharti’s resignation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met L-G to discuss the issue. Earlier in the day, a Congress delegation too met the L-G while a BJP delegation met the police commissioner demanding Bharti’s arrest.