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BJP files police complaint against Arvind Kejriwal over his dengue comment

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday filed a police complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for asking voters not to vote for the saffron party if they want to get rid of dengue.
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi April 23, 2017 6:53 IST
India TV Politics Desk

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday filed a police complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for asking voters, through a Facebook post,  not to vote for the saffron party if they want to get rid of dengue and chikungunya-like diseases.

In the complaint, the BJP also alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister violated Model Code of Conduct by posting "offending election material" on Facebook.

The BJP also accused Kejriwal of campaigning beyond the prescribed time through his social media handles.

A team of lawyers led by some BJP leaders filed the complaint at the North Avenue Police Station on the direction of Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari. 

The BJP also requested the Delhi Police to block Kejriwal's Facebook account. 

The Delhi Chief Minister was also accused of impinging on the right of voters by threatening them via the video in which he said if the people of Delhi voted for the BJP, their children would fall prey to diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

Member of the BJP's legal team Neeraj, who submitted the complaint on behalf of the party, said he was "feeling apprehended" after watching the video. 

"Kejriwal is the Chief Minister of Delhi and if he threatens the voters with dire consequences (dengue and chikungunya) for voting for the BJP, it clearly creates an apprehension in the mind of the voter," Neeraj said. 

On Thursday, Kejriwal had said the people of Delhi would risk their children's lives if they voted for the BJP in the civic polls, during a Facebook Live event.

 

"If you vote for the BJP and if your child falls prey to chikungunya or dengue, you are responsible for it. I can offer free treatment to your child in (the Delhi government) hospitals, but why should children suffer at all?"

(With IANS inputs)