After being initially stopped by the administration, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday met the family of Dadri lynching victim, and attacked parties saying they were spreading poison between Hindus and Muslims for vote-bank politics.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief was initially asked by the local police not to visit the village due to simmering tension.
Some residents also protested against visitors, including politicians and mediapersons who have been flocking the village since the Monday night incident.
Attacking media was the strategy of villagers decided in 2 meetings last night in order to stop the 'one sided coverage' of >#DadriLynching— Mohammad Ali (@hindureporter) >October 3, 2015
The mob of angry women, led by youngsters who were abusing media, armed with stones,sounded coached & trained about how to attack the media— Mohammad Ali (@hindureporter) >October 3, 2015
Union Minister Mahesh Sharma's meeting with locals whr he warned media against one sided coverage, is being seen the reason for the attack!— Mohammad Ali (@hindureporter) >October 3, 2015
There was no attempt by the UP police to save media frm being attacked in Dadri villg by the violent mob which was chasing us >@CMOfficeUP— Mohammad Ali (@hindureporter) >October 3, 2015
The Chief Minister questioned why AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi and Union Minister Mahesh Sharma were not stopped by the administration on Friday from visiting the family, and alleged that other parties were vitiating the atmosphere for political gains.
“What happened in Dadri was against humanity. It was totally wrong. Who benefited from it, neither Hindus nor Muslims. Only political parties and politicians are benefiting,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
Political parties were engaging in vote-bank politics. “One political party is trying to consolidate Hindu vote-bank while another is trying to make Muslims its vote-bank by spreading poison between the two communities. It is wrong,” he said.
“If somebody thinks Hindu religion is in danger and that is why Muslims are being targeted, then he cannot be a Hindu,” he said.
Mr. Kejriwal also took to twitter, saying, “We r stopped by police n admn. Mahesh Sharma n Owaisi not stopped yest. Then y me? I am most peace loving. Want 2 jst meet Ikhlak’s family [sic].”
“I am being accused of doing politics. Yes, I am doing politics. But I am doing politics of unity and love. They are doing politics of hatred,” the Chief Minister tweeted earlier.
“We firmly believe that Hindus n Muslims have to stay united and not become vote-banks. They want to divide people,” said Mr. Kejriwal in another tweet.
I m being accused of doing politics. Yes, i am doing politics.But i m doing politics of unity and love. They r doing politics of hatred(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) >October 3, 2015
We firmly beileve that Hindus n Muslims have to stay united n not become vote banks. They want to divide people(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) >October 3, 2015
Read: >How the events unfolded in Dadri
(With inputs from PTI)