At an event held to remember the December 16 gangrape victim in the national capital on Saturday, the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was booed off the stage. When the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo started to address the gathering, a section of the audience allegedly created a ruckus. Nirbhaya’s father, BN Singh lashed out at people by saying that it sends a message that they are not interested in the issue of women’s safety.
“When the CM came on stage, some people from the audience did not let him speak. This is an event which is organised every year… The CM started to talk about CCTVs when some people in the audience tried to interrupt him. He left after this. It was a Chetna Diwas, not a political stage. It sends a message that these people are not interested in the issue of women’s security and safety. ‘Andhere ke log, ujale ko pasand nahi karte hain (People who live in the dark do not like the light),” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
After the incident, the Aam Aadmi Party took to social media and alleged that the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party chief Manoj Tiwari’s assistant and another BJP leader were among those who created the ruckus. “The CM was not allowed to speak by a section of the crowd. These were BJP members. There are videos online showing their presence,” an official at the CM’s office said.
These allegations, however, were dismissed by BJP. Tiwari said that he was not even present at the venue and the Delhi CM had left by the time he reached there. The Delhi BJP chief condemned this incident by saying that the chief minister should have been heard.
“I came to know about the incident when I reached the venue. By then, the CM had left. I condemned this incident at the event and I am doing so even now. The CM should have been heard. But he was saying something political and some people got angry,” he said.