BJP delegation meets EC, accuses AAP of ‘sponsoring’ Shaheen Bagh protest

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The protesters at Shaheen Bagh, primarily women, have been staging a peaceful sit-in since the mid of December. (Express photo)

A delegation of BJP leaders including Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Election Commission (EC) officials on Thursday and accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of "sponsoring" anti-CAA protests, including the indefinite protest at Shaheen Bagh.

The delegation asked the EC to include the expenses incurred in organising the protests to AAP candidates expenditure.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said his party submitted "evidence", including records of statement by AAP leaders, that showed that the Delhi's ruling party was behind these protests. The delegation urged the EC to take cognizance of the matter. Yadav said the EC assured them of looking into the matter

The indefinite protest at Shaheen Bagh, which began on December 15, has emerged as the epicenter of protests in New Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Law and is nearing 50 days. The protest is primarily led by women who have been staging a peaceful sit-in since the violence against Jamia students.

Meanwhile, the EC has banned BJP MPs Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for 72 hours and 96 hours, respectively, for their provocative comments on the Shaheen Bagh protesters.

On Monday, speaking at a rally in Rithala which was to be addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his cabinet colleague Giriraj Singh, Thakur led the chanting with “Desh ke gaddaron ko”, and people completed the slogan each time with “goli maaro saalon ko”.

Speaking to The Indian Express later, Thakur said he merely asked people what should be done with traitors of the country. “I just wanted people to say what is to be done with traitors of the country. It could have evoked a response like ‘vote them out’ or ‘throw them out’. But it was the people who reacted so,” he said.

While on Tuesday, Verma said if the anti-CAA and NRC protests at Shaheen Bagh continued, Delhi will face a “Kashmir-like situation”. He also said protesters at Shaheen Bagh “can enter homes and rape our sisters and daughters”. The protesters at Shaheen Bagh are predominantly women.

with inputs from PTI