Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. (Image Courtesy: ANI)

On Thursday, addressing the press, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the Centre for the January 5 violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University as he defended the Delhi Police which has faced widespread criticism for failing to take action or make any arrests.

The Delhi Police is very capable of maintaining law and order but is given instructions to “just stand and not take any action”, Arvind Kejriwal said.

“What can the Delhi Police do? If they get orders from the top not to stop the violence or maintain law and order, what can they do? If they don’t follow these orders, they may be suspended,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Violence had broken out at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in the police which conducted a flag march.

At least 28 people, including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos reigned on the campus for nearly two hours.

Eyewitnesses alleged the attackers entered the premises when a meeting was being held by JNU Teachers’ Association on the issue of violence on campus and assaulted students and professors. They also barged into three hostels. Video footage aired by some TV channels showed a group of men, who had hockey sticks and rods, moving around a building.

Kejriwal also presented a report comparing the governance model of his government with that of the BJP-ruled MCD.

“The people have to decide which model of governance is best for them. Whether they want to choose BJP’s model of governance in which 109 MCD schools were closed in 9 years or AAP government model whereby we have constructed 20,000 new classrooms in Delhi government schools in the last 5 years,” said Arvind Kejriwal.

“We have opened 20,000 new classrooms which are equivalent to opening 500 new schools,” he added.

“A class 5 pass out student from MCD schools cannot read a simple text in Hindi while our students are better than those of private schools,” he said.

On Monday, the Model Code of Conduct came into force in Delhi with the Election Commission announcing that assembly polls in the national capital will be held in on February 8.

Election notification will be issued on January 12. The last date of nomination of candidates is January 21. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on January 22. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is January 24.



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