Bharatiya Janata Party: AAP's Somnath Bharti must be sacked

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 24 2014, 02:49am hrs
Bharatiya Janata Party today stepped up pressure on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for action against his controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti saying law should prevail and proceedings against him for his "misdemeanour" should reach their logical conclusion.

"Somnath Bharti must be sacked. He has got no moral constitutional right to remain in office even for a moment," BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad said a day after an African woman identified him as allegedly having led a group of assaulters in a mid-night raid at their south Delhi residence.

BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, "We condemn Somnath Bharti's behaviour towards the Ugandan women and seek his removal."

A delegation from Delhi unit of BJP met Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi and demanded immediate action against Bharti and Kejriwal for repeatedly breaking the law.

Meenakshi Lekhi said the law has been breached by the AAP-Cong alliance and said the new outfit that has come to power in Delhi is like a "khaas (special) leaders' party" who considered themselves above the law.

"The shadow boxing game is being played between the Congress and AAP. The action of the Aam Aadmi party has been defended by the Congress leaders and the present Chief Minister is returning the favour by not pressing charges against the previous government.

"Somnath Bharti has violated the law and it is a law which should be followed up to its logical conclusion to deal with such misdemeanour," she said.

Somnath Bharti was involved in a row with the police last week when they refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution racket.

One of the African women, who recorded her statement before a magistrate, had said she identified Bharti as having led the group that barged into her house and attacked them.

Various women rights activists and Delhi Commission for Women have sought action against Bharti for allegedly taking law into his hands.

Alleging match-fixing between AAP and Congress, Prasad said, "there is a fixed match between AAP and the Congress party to somehow stop Narendra Modi.... But I could never imagine the bubble of aam aadmi would burst soon."