“Yogi's death is imminent,” he said. People around him are also heard asking police to ensure the arrest of the man who hurled ink at him.Police said the man involved in the incident is absconding.Amethi police had come to arrest the MLA, a former Delhi minister, in neighbouring Rae Bareli after BJP worker Somnath Sahu registered a complaint with them on Sunday over his alleged remarks a day earlier.
After the ink-throwing incident, Bharti also retweeted a video clip in which he is heard using a derogatory term for Adityanath, while talking about "atrocities on women" in the state.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
issued a strong reaction, targeting the UP chief minister.
"Yogiji, our MLA Somnath Bharti
ji was going to see your government school. Ink was thrown at him? Are your schools so bad? If someone goes to see your school then why do you get so scared? Fix the school,” he tweeted, asking him to consult Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on how to go about it.
“Yogi ji, you are ruining the future of crores of children of Uttar Pradesh," Kejriwal said in another tweet.Shalabh Mani Tripathi, information advisor to the Uttar Pradesh
chief minister, said everyone has the right to contest polls and level allegations against each other. But he slammed Bharti for allegedly using “indecent language” for a chief minister and abusing policemen discharging their duties.“This is the language of goons,” he said.
is himself a chief minister. If he has the slightest idea about the post of a chief minister, then he should tender an apology to the entire country for the statement made by Bharti for UP's popular chief minister," he added.
A case was registered against Bharti under sections 507 (criminal intimidation) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), Additional Superintendent of Police Daya Ram said. Kejriwal had declared last month that his Aam Aadmi Party will contest the next assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
Manish Sisodia also accepted a “challenge” from a UP minister to debate how the two governments run their schools. But the debate never took place with the AAP
saying that Uttar Pradesh Sidharth Nath Singh did not show up at the Lucknow venue.
Bharti courted controversy in 2014 as the law minister in the then Kejriwal government after he led a late-nigh vigilante raid against some African women, accusing them of being drug runners. In 2015, he was arrested in connection with a domestic violence case lodged by his wife. He was later cleared of the charge.