Bawana bypoll: The Delhi police has registered a FIR against unknown persons, following a complaint by the State Election Commission over an “objectionable and communal” poster purportedly bearing a message from AAP leader and Delhi Minorities Minister Imran Hussain. This incident took place on Wednesday as Bawana went to the polls. The poster has sparked a war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). While Imran Hussain has claimed that the poster is fake, BJP has alleged that AAP was attempting to polarise votes. Both the parties have filed their complaints, as per Indian Express.
DCP (Rohini) Rishi Pal while talking about the incident said, “Two separate cases were registered on Tuesday at Bawana police station after we received complaints from the returning officer, Delhi EC. Further investigation is on.” The FIR was filed at Bawana police station under sections 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505(2) (promoting enmity) of the IPC and under the Representation of People Act, according to the report.
Returning officer Vivek Agarwal who filed his complaint said, “The pamphlet allegedly issued by Imran Hussain, Minister, Govt of Delhi… prima facie makes an appeal to resident Muslims of Bawana to vote for quom (community). In addition to this, other objectionable and communal appeal has been made.” The leader of Opposition in the state and senior BJP leader Vijender Gupta claimed, “Police have lodged a case against Hussain. AAP made a clear attempt to communalise the polls and spread hatred in the area on the day of polling.”
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, in their complaint said, “neither it nor any of its leaders/office-bearers have printed or asked for the distribution of the said poster.” He added, “This is a clear attempt to malign the party.”