Somnath Bharti has apologised, matter should be closed now: AAP

Jan 26, 2014, 10:17 IST | Agencies

Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh says the media should think about why they are portraying the party in a negative light

Ahmedabad: Reacting to the criticism received by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for making a derogatory comment against a reporter, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Ashutosh said yesterday that the whole matter should not be discussed anymore as Bharti had apologised for his statement.

(From left) Delhi’s Public Works Department and Urban Development minister, Manish Sisodia, Law Minister Somnath Bharti and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a protest in the capital

“The matter should be closed now as Somnath Bharti has apologised for his statement,” said Ashutosh. “Although what Bharti said was wrong, the media should also think why they are giving negative publicity for AAP. Suddenly, the media has gone against our party,” he said.

He further said that the Delhi Chief Minister had made the right statement by saying that Bharti’s remark was wrong. “Arvind Kejriwal is right on his point as we never subscribe to any indecent statement,” he added.

On being questioned by a reporter as to whether he was planning to resign from the post of the Delhi law minister on moral grounds, Bharti asked, “How much money were you paid by Modiji?” Bharti later apologised for his remark stating that he did not mean to hurt anyone and that he was being misinterpreted.

Kejriwal admitted that Bharti should not have spoken the way he did to the media. “It was extremely wrong on the part of Bharti to have said something like this to the media and he should not have said this,” said Kejriwal. “I would also like to request the media not to follow him everywhere. I am not justifying his statement, but the media people were not even letting him move,” he added.

BJP leader Vijay Goel on Friday met the Lt Governor to demand the resignation of Bharti for his vigilante-style action against Ugandan women during a night raid in the capital. BJP leaders also protested at 14 different places of the national capital on Friday, demanding Bharti’s resignation.

The Supreme Court issued a notice to Central and Delhi Government on Kejriwal’s recent protest and has asked for a reply in the next six weeks. The notice was issued during a hearing of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which was filed by lawyer, ML Sharma, against AAP over their protest outside the Railway Ministry, which amounted to a breakdown of the constitutional machineryMeanwhile, Kejriwal, on Friday, said that nowhere in the constitution was holding a dharna by a chief minister prohibited. “Some people said that I worked against the constitution, I re-read the constitution but, couldn’t find anything where it was written that a CM can’t hold a dharna,” said Kejriwal.

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