New Delhi: Dissident AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar today accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of "misusing the government machinery" by not inviting him to the inauguration of an upgraded dispensary in his constituency.
Swaraj Abhiyan, floated by expelled AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, alleged that a group of AAP workers manhandled some locals at the venue and also tried to snatch ID card of a journalist.
Pushkar is now part of Swaraj Abhiyan.
"It is an insult to the people that an MLA from a different constituency was invited but not their own elected local public representative.
"Pushkar reached the dispensary, met the doctors and welcomed its upgradation. It came as a surprise to know that DMS had no idea whether it was a party function or government function. The medical superintendent said that he only followed what was asked of him by the health department.
"Swaraj Abhiyan expresses strong objection to the flouting of democratic norms, breach of constitutional mandate and disrespect to the public representative at Timarpur. It is sad and unfortunate that the government of Delhi turned a public event into a party function," the outfit said in a statement.
Apart from Pushkar, two AAP MPs Harinder Singh Khalsa and Dharamvir Gandhi support the organisation.
It said the incident was not a one-off case but "symptomatic of the political culture in the Aam Aadmi Party regime."
"Swaraj Abhiyan condemns the sheer brazenness of Delhi government of using public money for furthering its own petty political agenda at the cost of democratic ethics," the statement added.