Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti on Wednesday refuted allegations of domestic violence levelled by his wife Lipika Mitra, accusing her of demanding that he evict his mother from their house.
“I don’t know what prompted her to file such a complaint but for the last five years, she has been demanding that I choose between my mother and her. In this old age, where do I send my mother? I have been in South India for party work. I love her, I love the children but this demand I cannot meet. Where do I send my mother? She has no other place to go to,” Somnath Bharti said.
“She has also demanded that I leave politics, because since I joined politics, I have had zero time for my family. I understand her pain but this should have been sorted out sitting together, not by going public,” he added.
Somnath Bharti further said that the allegations against him have ‘no substance’.
“Whatever allegations of domestic violence she has accused me with are all baseless and have no substance in them. I do not know what transpired,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Commission for Women served notice to Somnath Bharti after his wife accused him of domestic violence.
Lipika has alleged that she has been facing violence at the hands of Somnath Bharti since 2010 and has said that she wants a separation in order to live with her children ‘with dignity’.