New Delhi: In a scathing attack on PM, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held responsible Narendra Modi for the deteriorating law and order condition of the national capital, saying that he should take out time for the state.
Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of first 'Aam Aadmi' clinic at Peeragarhi relief camp here, Kejriwal reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should either fix the security situation in the national capital or hand over the reins of the Delhi Police to the AAP Government.
"I request you (PM) to either take out one hour every week for Delhi Police, law and order situation and women security, or please hand over control of Delhi Police to Delhi government if you do not have time," ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.
He furher said, "I request PM Modi with folded hands that the control of Delhi Police be handed over to us as he has to run the whole country."
"Crime related incidents are increasing, women do not feel safe and whenever we talk to senior police officials, they have one answer that they are under the Centre's control," Kejriwal said.
The chief minister further termed the recent murder of a teenage girl as "shocking" but added that policing was not under the control of Delhi Government.
"I went to Anand Parbat yesterday. People are too scared. There is no policing, no security in the area. The incident was shocking but you all know Delhi Police is not under our control," he said.
Later, Kejriwal, who inaugurated the first 'Aam Aadmi Clinic' here, said his government will open 1000 such clinics this year in the city.
"The poor will get very good service here. This is a prototype clinic, and we will open 1000 more clinics this year," the CM added.
Earlier in the day, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a protest against Delhi Police over the killing of a 19-year-old girl in Anand Parbat locality three days ago, saying it has failed to provide security to women. Kejriwal too has asked Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi to meet him tomorrow to discuss law and order situation in the state.
Kejriwal along with his deputy CM Manish Sisodia, yesterday, met the family members of deceased 19-year-old teenage girl who was brutally murdered in the national capital's Anand Parbat locality.
After meeting the victim's family Arvind Kejriwal held responsible Delhi Police, which comes under Central government's jurisdiction, for the degrading law and order situation in the state.
Making a strong pitch for handing over of Delhi Police to the state government, Kejriwal had said, "If the police is not answerable to Delhi government then how will they be held accountable? Right now, Delhi police is a law unto itself."
"The law and order situation is deteriorating in Delhi every day. Delhi Police comes under the Prime Minister. Either he should do something or Delhi Police should be handed over to the Delhi government," he added.
While Kejriwal lashed out at the Centre and the Delhi Police, the Bharatiya Janata Party mocked the Chief Minister and his Deputy Manish Sisodia for their unfortunate display' of empathy at the home of the deceased teenage girl.
Meenakshi, a Class 11 student, was stabbed repeatedly allegedly by two of her neighbours after she objected to their verbal abuse. The incident happened in central Delhi's Anand Parbat area.
(With Agency inputs)