Manoj Tiwari, BJP men clash with AAP workers during Delhi's Signature Bridge inauguration
The inauguration ceremony of much-awaited Signature Bridge turned violent in New Delhi on Sunday (November 4) when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and his supporters clashed with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers at the site.
According to initial reports, Manoj Tiwari reached the inauguration site much before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was scheduled to inaugurate the bridge this evening. Soon some workers from both sides -- the BJP and the AAP -- got involved in a scuffle.
"In my constituency (North East Delhi), I re-started construction of the bridge after it was stalled for many years and now Arvind Kejriwal is organising an inauguration ceremony. I was invited to the inauguration event. I am MP from here. So what's the problem? Am I a criminal? Why has the police surrounded me? I'm here to welcome him (Arvind Kejriwal). AAP and the police have misbehaved with me," said Tiwari.
AAP, however, charged Tiwari of hooliganism at the site. "Thousands of people have come here to celebrate without an invitation card, but the MP (Manoj Tiwari) considers himself VIP. He is doing hooliganism. BJP people thrashed AAP volunteers and local people. They are admitted to a hospital," said AAP leader Dilip Pandey.
AAP chief Kejriwal took to Twitter and said, "Unprecedented. Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site. It's a Delhi government programme. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Delhi police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?"
Unprecedented. Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site. Its a Del govt prog. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Del police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 4, 2018
The 575-metre-long suspension bridge is scheduled to be inaugurated today and will be open to the public from November 5. At a height of 154 metres from the bridge, there will be an observation deck on the tip of the pylon to take a panoramic view of the city. The pylon is boomerang-shaped and is a high-steel glass structure.
The bridge which aims to reduce the travel time between North and North-East Delhi missed scores of deadlines because of environmental clearances or sanctioning of funds.
The project was proposed in 2004 and was given a green signal by the Delhi Cabinet in 2007. However, work for the bridge couldn't begin until 2010. The project was then to be completed by March this year but the deadline was extended till October, due to the delay in sanctioning of funds.
(With ANI inputs)