Written byShalini Ojha ·
Political heat in New Delhi turned up on Wednesday after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bharatiya Janata Party's Manoj Tiwari indulged in a war of words over National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal, taking a swipe at Tiwari, said he will have to leave Delhi if NRC is implemented.
Tiwari quickly slammed the AAP leader for his "mentality".
It all began when Bihar-born Tiwari, who represents North East Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, renewed his demand for an Assam-like NRC in the national capital after a journalist was attacked at CR Park.
He said "infiltrators" were responsible for the condemnable attack.
Asked for a comment, Kejriwal said, "If NRC is implemented then Manoj Tiwari will be the first one who will have to leave Delhi."
#WATCH Delhi CM on being asked 'Manoj Tiwari said infiltrators are responsible for attack on a journalist so NRC should be implemented in Delhi': If NRC (National Register of Citizens) is implemented in Delhi then Manoj Tiwari will be the first one who will have to leave Delhi. pic.twitter.com/BCQBR268cU— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2019
Slamming Kejriwal, Tiwari said with the statement he has targeted migrants from Bihar, West Bengal, and other parts of the country.
"People who have migrated from other states are considered as foreigners by you? You want to chase them out from Delhi, you're one among them," Tiwari reportedly said.
Claiming Delhi's CM has lost "mental stability", he wondered how can an IRS not know what NRC is.
Tiwari also criticized the "unparliamentary" language used by Kejriwal. "He has time and again attacked me personally. This shows his values and character. It is not BJP's character to stoop so low," Tiwari went on.
As the row raged, other BJP leaders rallied behind their party colleague. Ramesh Bidhuri said, "Just like his former minister Jitendra Tomar, I suspect Kejriwal's degree that made him IRS too is a fake one. Did he not know what NRC is."
He added Kejriwal only cared about votes.
Meanwhile, Kapil Mishra said some don't understand that 'N' in NRC stands for national.
NRC पर केजरीवाल का बयान शर्मनाक— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) September 25, 2019
यूपी और बिहार के लोगों को देश के बाहर का बताना, यूपी बिहार के लोगों की तुलना घुसपैठियों से करना बहुत घटिया हरकत
बांग्लादेशी और रोहिंग्या घुसपैठियों को बचाने की साजिश कर रहे हैं केजरीवाल pic.twitter.com/e3w6G1bJeT
The call for NRC in Delhi holds significance in the context of 2020 Delhi Assembly polls.
If reports are to be believed, BJP plans to target Kejriwal over this and ask him if he wants people from other states to leave.
"Is Kejriwal trying to say that Biharis or Harayanavis have no space in Delhi?" a senior party member told ANI.
Coming to Assam's NRC, its final list was published last month after a tedious exercise which took months. Over 19 lakh people were left out, and they will have a chance to appeal against their exclusion at relevant centers.
Meanwhile, after Assam NRC, several NDA leaders in Maharashtra and Haryana have demanded that a similar process should be carried out in their states.
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