The Hush Post: Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that he was assaulted at the home of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by two AAP lawmakers,Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, after being called to a meeting yesternight. Prakash alleged he was attacked in the presence of the Chief Minister, “held by his collar” and abused,his glasses fell off and broke.
On the other hand, calling the allegations as “ludicrous”, AAP said the Chief Secretary had been called at 10 pm but he came two hours late. “He even used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions,” said AAP in tweets.
The IAS Officers’ Association secretary Manisha Saxena told the media, “Anshu Prakash was called alone for the meeting at midnight. The Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and 10-12 MLAs were present.”
The Chief Secretary reportedly went straight to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence last night to complain about “misconduct and abuse” by AAP members.
“He is making ludicrous allegations, obviously…at BJP’s behest. If CS can make such wild allegations, one can imagine the kind of obstacles that are being created in AAP government’s work by BJP through the officers,” the party said.
The IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers’ Association has demanded the arrest of the AAP lawmakers. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report on the incident from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal after meeting representatives from civil services associations.
The BJP too answered back in the same coin. “Drunk on power CM (Chief Minister) was concerned about why more funds were not dispersed for advertisements. Such is the state of affairs under AAP,” tweeted Delhi BJP lawmaker Vijender Gupta.
Interestingly, Congress spoke against AAP, automatically being on the same side of the BJP. Congress leader Ajay Maken tweeted: “Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him- AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low & is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures! AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably (sic)”.