In the Aam Aadmi Party, as far as stealing credit goes, the apple doesn’t seem to have fallen very far from Arvind Kejriwal’s tree.
An AAP leader has accused another AAP leader of having her beaten up over who would get to claim credit for organizing an RT-PCR test camp in Delhi. Two days ago, a woman AAP leader had shared a tearful video on Twitter, claiming that AAP’s councilor from Matiala ward, Ramesh Matiala, had instructed two women workers to beat her up and torn her banners at an RT-PCR camp she’d supposedly organized.
The AAP leader claimed that Ramesh Matiala had first threatened her over putting up her banners at the camp. After she refused to back down and didn’t take the banners down, her banners were torn down and removed. The woman alleges that Ramesh Matiala then called two AAP women workers, and instructed them to beat her up in his presence. In her video, the AAP leader had then rattled off her resume about the hard work she’d done for the Aam Aadmi Party, including quitting her job and organizing camps with her banners.
It now appears that she had also approached the police, and an FIR has been registered in the matter. DCP (Dwarka district) Santosh Kumar Meena told The Indian Express that they have lodged an FIR under Sections 323 (causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and 506 (threatening) of the Indian Penal Code at Bindapur police station. “We had received a complaint from their party worker and have also conducted an enquiry before lodging the FIR. Further investigation is underway to ascertain what exactly happened,” he added.
But while the Aam Aadmi Party is no stranger to stealing credit, this is one of the rare occasions where it’s managed to steal the credit of its own workers. Previously, the party has been accused of stealing credit of the Centre’s development works, and also stealing credit for Delhi’s cleaner air, which the BJP claims has happened through their initiatives. Kejriwal had also infamously tried to steal credit of a Covid hospital built by the Centre by getting himself photographed at the premises before its inauguration.