AAP Vs BJP: Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggarwal Statement On Bawana Fire Sparks Controversy

| January 21 , 2018 , 12:50 IST

A massive fire spread rapidly through an illegal cracker factory in Delhi's Bawana on Saturday evening, resulting in the tragic death of 17 people. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived at the site soon after as did BJP North Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggarwal.

Speaking to ANI in the aftermath of the Bawana factory fire, BJP leader and North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Aggarwal was caught on camera telling her aide "Iss factory ki licensing hamare paas hai, hum kuch nahi bol sakte (this factory's licensing is with us, we can't say anything)."

The video soon went viral, and was also re-tweeted by CM Kejriwal from his official twitter handle, leading to BJP leader Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari accusing the CM of 'low-level' politics and demanding an apology. The Congress party also re-tweeted the video of Preeti Aggarwal.

"Preeti Aggarwal asked whom does the factory come under, it's murmuring, only 'ye factory' is clear. People are trying to make that fake video viral at a sad time just to blame BJP. CM re tweeted it, he must apologise for such low-level politics in time of despair," Tiwari said.

Faced with controversy and condemnation from the public over the statements, Mayor Preeti Aggarwal alleged that the video was 'fake' and was being made viral to confuse the public. She reiterated Tiwari's demands calling on Kejriwal to apologise for his re-tweets.

"A video of me is being made viral on social media & has been re tweeted by CM as well. I only made some inquiry about the place from my co-workers & I meant we shouldn't say anything about such unfortunate incident at this time," Aggarwal said.

"This industrial area is under DSIDC & land allotment has been done by Delhi government. They should at least see what work is being done there. Is making a fake video viral & confusing public is fair? It's condemnable & I expect Arvind Kejriwal Ji to apologise," she added.

According to reports, the factory in Bawana where the fire took place was registered as a producer of plastics, had illegal constructions and did not have adequate fire escape protocols in place.