Vishwas row: Cong says AAP 'apathetic', 'insensitive' towards women

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New Delhi, May 4: Congress accused Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas of being "apathetic and insensitive" as a row erupted today over an AAP volunteer claiming that "false rumours" of Vishwas having an illicit relationship with her were ruining her reputation, and alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister was shielding party leaders facing serious charges.

Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza also slammed the SAD-BJP government in Punjab alleging that "goondaraj" prevailed in the state after another case of molestation of a woman came to light in Ludhiana.

Vishwas row: Cong says AAP 'apathetic', 'insensitive' towards woman.
On the Vishwas controversy, she said, "The victim knocked on the door of Chief Minister Kejriwal but he remained silent when his own party volunteer approached him for justice even though he used to make loud talks of transparency and standing against women atrocities before coming to power."

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"Such apathetic and insensitive behaviour from him is very unfortunate. Both Kejriwal and Vishwas should clarify as to who was behind spoiling her image.

The CM and other AAP leaders are ignoring the voice of a woman worker," she said. Speaking on the issue, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) Chief Spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said, "We strongly condemn it and want that the matter should be probed properly as the allegations are serious."

Mukherjee also accused Kejriwal of shielding AAP leaders who are facing serious charges. Vishwas and Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, who has been accused of holding "fake" degrees, are being shielded by Kejriwal, she alleged.

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Claiming that "false rumours" of Vishwas having illicit relationship with her were ruining her reputation and that he should come forward to clarify, the woman said that she had also written separate letters to Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal and the Police Commissioner apprising them of the same.

Vishwas, a member of AAP's Political Affairs Committee, has been asked to appear before the DCW on Tuesday. AAP came out in defence of Viswas, who himself in a series of tweets accused the media of playing into the hands of the BJP and of being "extortionist".

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Slamming the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, Oza said that this is a "very serious" matter. "It seems there is a goondaraj in Punjab," she said and threatened that women organisations will take to streets on the issue unless the state government takes up the matter seriously.

Close on the heels of a teenage girl being molested and pushed to death from a moving bus, owned by Punjab's ruling Badal family, in Moga last week, a 35-year old woman today alleged that she was molested by a male passenger in a moving bus in Khanna on Sunday. 

PTI

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