NEW DELHI: AAP today dubbed the hunger strike of BJP MP Maheish Girri outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence as a "drama" and alleged that Delhi Police is "shielding" him in the murder case of NDMC official M M Khan.
"Girri should refrain from doing nautanki (drama) by staging a hunger strike outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence. Unless he is arrested and questioned by the police there could not be any talk of his innocence," Delhi AAP convenor Dilip Pandey told a press conference.
He asserted that both Girri and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Vice Chairman Karan Singh Tanwar were given clean chit and were outside the amibit of investigation in the murder case and accused the police of "shielding" them.
"Modiji's police is shielding them. If the police were under Delhi government, both Girri and Tanwar would be in jail," Pandey said. He alleged that Girri "accompanied" Ramesh Kakkar (accused in Khan's murder case) to Lt Governor's office in connection with the latter's hotel lease which was to be decided by Khan.
Showing the copy of a "covering letter" purportedly written by Girri, Pandey alleged that it was attached to Kakkar's letter to Lt Governor regarding the lease issue. "The truth will come out with the arrest of Girri as he was seen standing with a dishonest and now killer (man) by writing a letter in his favour," he said.
BJP is setting a new "trend" of adopting this "tactic" of staging dharna at Kejriwal's residence by those who have committed a wrong, Pandey claimed. "Even if you have committed murder you can sit at dharna outside Kejriwal's residence to divert and dilute the matter."
BJP is setting a new benchmark of staging dharna over "non-issues" while AAP-led government in Delhi is setting a benchmark of pro-people governance through its innovative work, he said.
On a question of the BJP MP's demand for a debate with Kejriwal over his allegations in the murder case, Pandey said, "He (Girri) should first ask Modi for communication with the people of the country and Kejriwal who had been asking for a debate over public issues."
He said the debate will take place in a court but before that he will be arrested and a charge sheet filed against him. The East Delhi MP sat on a hunger strike outside Kejriwal's residence on Flagstaff Road yesterday demanding that the Chief Minister prove his allegations regarding his involvement in the murder.
Khan, an estate officer of NDMC, was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on May 16, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of a hotel located on a property leased out by the civic body.