Signature bridge opening: AAP’s Amanatullah pushes MP Manoj Tiwari

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Signature Bridge inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi:MNN: “Signature Bridge” Delhi’s brand new, three days before Diwali, was expected to be a festive event complete with a laser show.

But it got off to a chaotic start this evening as BJP’s Manoj Tiwari, refused entry, came to blows with the police.

Clash between BJP and Aam Aadmi Party workers at the venue Manoj Tiwari, not invited, says had right to be there as parliamentarian.

Minutes later, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Unprecedented. Chaos by BJP at Signature Bridge inauguration site.
Its a Del govt prog. Police mute spectator. Can LG, being head of Del police, ensure peace and order at Signature bridge inauguration site?”
Mr Tiwari, who turned up at the event without an invitation, argued that the nearly 2,000-crore  asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge was part of his constituency and he had a right to be present at the ceremony.
“In my constituency (North East Delhi.), I re-started construction of the bridge after it was stalled for many years and now Arvind Kejriwal is organising an inauguration ceremony.” Mr Tiwari said.
“I was manhandled and pushed. I am very disappointed with Aam Aadmi Party’s behaviour.
Is this a way to treat a parliamentarian? Even the police have misbehaved with me. The police is with them,” he added.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan was caught on camera pushing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari during the inauguration of the Signature Bridge in New Delhi on Sunday evening..

In fact Manoj Tiwari could be seen possibly waiting to attend the inauguration when Khan comes and casually pushes him away.

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A scuffle had broken out between the supporters of the BJP, led by Manoj Tiwari, and AAP workers during the inauguration of the Signature Bridge.

Following a clash, Manoj Tiwari claimed that he was invited for the inauguration but was misbehaved by the AAP workers and the police.

Claiming that the AAP workers and the police misbehaved with him, the BJP Delhi chief said that he was invited and had come to welcome Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“I was invited to the inauguration event. I am MP from here.

So what’s the problem? Am I a criminal? Why has the police surrounded me? I’m here to welcome him (Arvind Kejriwal).

AAP and police have misbehaved with me,” he said. He further said that he would file an FIR in the case.

Arguing that he had an invitation and since the bridge is a part of his constituency, he has a right to be present at the inauguration event.

“In my constituency (North East Delhi.), I re-started construction of the bridge after it was stalled for many years and now Arvind Kejriwal is organising an inauguration ceremony,” he said.

Manoj Tiwari also blamed the police for manhandling him and the BJP workers.

“Police ke jin logon ne mujhse dhakka-mukki ki hai unki shinakht ho gayi hai.

Mein in sabko pehchaan chuka hun aur 4 din mein inko bataunga ki police kya hoti hai (Whoever from the police have roughed me up, I have identified them…will tell them in four days whwta is police)” he said.

Defending the actions of the police at the site of the AAP-BJP clash, Delhi Police Joint CP said that the staff on the duty performed their task with restraint and diligence.

“There was slogan shouting but police segregated the groups& didn’t allow any clash or violence to take place,” he said.

The AAP, however, claimed that Manoj Tiwari had indulged in hooliganism at the inauguration event.

“Thousands of people have come here to celebrate without an invitation card, but the MP (Manoj Tiwari) considers himself VIP. He is doing hooliganism.

BJP people thrashed AAP volunteers and local people. They are admitted to hospital,” AAP worker Dilip Pandey said.

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