BJP used cops to get AAP meet nixed: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, here on Saturday, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of getting his public rally cancelled by misusing the police.

However, the DCP Outer Delhi said the venue was unfit and an alternate site, 150-meter away, was approved for the rally.

“The BJP gets my public rally cancelled today through police. Police denies permission. How many BJP rallies were denied permission by police in Delhi in last 5 years?” Kejriwal tweeted.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief also said the BJP should concede that it will lose all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. “Narendra Modi forgot his promise of full statehood. Now the people will answer him,” Kejriwal stated.

Responding to Kejriwal’s tweet, The DCP Outer Delhi said the origin site was not found fit.

“Busy intersection of Sant Nagar Chowk was not found fit for a proposed public meeting of 2,000, with around 1,000 seats and pandal, due to heavy traffic and weekly market. This was conveyed on March 20. ‘No objection’ for alternate site, 150 metre away, has been conveyed,” the DCP said via his official Twitter handle.

According to the AAP, Kejriwal was scheduled to address a rally in Shakurbasti on Saturday, for which the police did not give permission.

Responding to the “false” claim of the police, the AAP said they cancelled the venue for no reason.

In a statement the AAP said the police is claiming it “merely changed the venue”. “This is false. First the police cancelled the original meeting venue without any reason. Our team kept pleading with the DM till late yesterday (Friday) evening, but when nothing happened the party was forced to cancel the meeting,” the AAP said.

The party said, as a face saver, the Delhi Police said it allowed an alternate venue today afternoon, after Kejriwal tweeted.

“It is a farce and the Delhi Police is only trying to cover up it’s politically biased decision after the AAP exposed it,” the party said.

The AAP said it will protest the Modi Police move before the Election Commission.