Kejriwal stopped, later allowed to meet Dadri lynching victim’s family

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.

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.

Read: >How the events unfolded in Dadri

(With inputs from PTI)

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