The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday launched massive protests in Delhi demanding a public apology from Rahul Gandhi for misleading the country on Rafale issue by attributing the jibe "Chowkidar Chor Hai" to PM Narendra Modi. A large crowd of protestors was marching towards the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in the national capital but was stopped by barricades by the police. With thundering chants of "Rahul Gandhi maafi maango (Rahul Gandhi apologise)", the crowd was led by top Delhi BJP leader Manoj Tiwari.
Speaking to Republic TV, MP from Delhi North East Manoj Tiwari said, "The people of this country are watching. When the entire world is standing to shake the hands of friendship with India, Rahul Gandhi is giving fuel to Pakistan. When the country wants to take two steps forward with us, accepting our anti-terrorism policies, that time you are alleging falsehoods against our PM and shaming our nation. If you can apologise to the court, why can't you apologise to the nation?" Tiwari reiterated his demand for an apology from the former Congress president.
When asked about the absence of BJP MP Gautam Gambhir from the meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development on Delhi's acute air pollution, Manoj Tiwari instead hit out at CM Arvind Kejriwal. "Arvind Kejriwal is trying to hide his misdeeds, but he won't succeed. If Parliamentarians were supposed to run Delhi then Kejriwal should step down, MPs will run it." One of the protestors said that Rahul Gandhi is part of the family that "looted the nation for seventy years". Another hurled loud chants suggesting Rahul Gandhi is a "thief".
Delhi: BJP leaders and workers, protesting outside the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office have been detained and kept at Tughlak Road Police Station. They were demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on #RafaleVerdict https://t.co/PrJVnvRyjh pic.twitter.com/Sk5if2U298— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2019
The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a nationwide workers' programme on Saturday to seek Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's apology over his "lies" on the Rafale issue after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the matter on Thursday and rejected the petitions for a review of its earlier order. BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav told reporters in New Delhi that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi were "exposed" by the Supreme Court's verdict and they should now tender an apology. He also mocked the Congress's demand for a probe in the issue, noting that the court, in a unanimous verdict, rejected the petitions seeking a probe in the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft and also quashed the pleas for a review of its order.