Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Dinesh Mohaniya was whisked away by police in the middle of a press conference in South Delhi on Saturday for allegedly assaulting a female constituent from his Assembly.
Claiming that Mr. Mohaniya was scheduled to voluntarily visit the local police station, when officials interrupted the press conference, AAP termed the incident a symptom of “an unsaid emergency in the Capital” coming as it did on its 40th anniversary.
“You can see how the police is dragging me away like hooligans would in front of your eyes,” were Mr. Mohaniya’s words to stunned television crews as he was being taken away. Police sources said he would be detained at the Neb Sarai police station for questioning.
Police sources said they took the step after Mr. Mohaniya refused to join investigation despite being served a notice asking him to do so on Friday.
The AAP chief and Chief Minister Minister Arvind Kejriwal equated the development to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s way of commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Emergency by clamping an “unsaid” version of it in the Capital.
“Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted.
“Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does Modi want to give to everyone? (Sic.)” he said in another tweet.
Other functionaries from the Delhi government followed the Chief Minister’s lead with Aatishi Marlena, a prominent party figure, comparing visuals of Mr. Mohaniya’s arrest with that of a newspaper front page related to the declaration of the emergency in 1975.
“Are we not in an undeclared emergency again?” she asked.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia added that the government and those who composed it wouldn’t cow down even if the Prime Minister decided to put “all” of them behind bars.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said the incident brought out the “Anti Woman Character of AAP Leaders” and established the fact that there was “extreme Water Scarcity in remote Resettlement Colonies & Villages of South Delhi.”