Delhi

Kejriwal blames Shah for violence during Kolkata rally, hits out at EC

Extends support to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that BJP president Amit Shah initiated the violence in West Bengal. He extended his support to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee.

He also accused the Election Commission of being “biased” for ordering to end campaigning in West Bengal almost a day earlier than usual, following the attack. AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj attacked BJP’s Bhopal candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur for praising Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse.

“The way in which Amit Shah stirred violence there [West Bengal], we condemn it. We all are with Mamata ji. I hope that people of West Bengal will teach Amit Shah and Narendra Modi a lesson,” Mr. Kejriwal told media.

“We strongly condemn the Election Commission’s attitude. Why did they stop the campaign? If they had to stop, then why did they only allow Modiji’s campaign and stopped others? Such an openly biased Election Commission was never there in the history of India,” he said.

The AAP also attacked Ms. Thakur for calling Godse a “patriot”.

“Why are they [BJP] not expelling her from the party and apologising to the nation? The BJP is destroying the country beyond repair and all democratic-minded countrymen need to understand this danger before it is too late. AAP strongly condemns Pragya Thakur’s statement and wants to know why the top BJP leadership is silent,” Mr. Bharadwaj said.

On Thursday, Ms. Thakur had kicked up a row after calling Godse a “patriot”, but apologised for it hours later and withdrew the statement.

“Entire country is in a state of shock at the latest statement of terror-accused BJP candidate Pragya Thakur praising Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. Who could have ever imagined that Indians would ever hear Godse being praised by a mainstream political party and that too India’s ruling party,” Mr. Bharadwaj said.

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