Rahul Gandhi tweeted ‘Arrest Me Too’ after 25 people were arrested in Delhi for posters critical of PM Modi and the vaccination policy brought forward by Centre. Along with the tweet, Gandhi also posted the image of same poster that led to the arrest of aforementioned 25 people which read “Modiji humare bachon ki vaccine videsh kyu bhej diya (Modiji why did you send the vaccines of our kids to other countries).”
Earlier on Saturday, as many as 25 people were booked under the section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC for allegedly putting up the posters critical of PM Modi and his vaccination policy. The 25 people were also charged under the Section 3 of the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act. After the arrest, several opposition leaders took to Twitter to express their criticism.
As many as 1,800 posters which read “Modiji humare bachon ki vaccine videsh kyu bhej diya?” (Modiji why did you send the vaccines of our kids to other countries) were identified in Delhi’s Kalyanpuri region last week.
After the investigation, the Delhi Police arrested as many as 25 people till Saturday, May 15. The 25 individuals were booked under the Delhi Disaster Management Act, The IPC and the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act.
As all these charges were bailable in nature, most of the people arrested were also released on bail till Sunday afternoon from the concerned police station. But opposition parties like Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) remained critical of the PM Modi.
Congress party senior leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and posted the picture of the same poster and wrote “Arrest Me Too” as the caption of the image.
Arrest me too.
मुझे भी गिरफ़्तार करो। pic.twitter.com/eZWp2NYysZ
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 16, 2021
Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other AAP leaders continued blaming the BJP-ruled Centre for supplying the doses abroad for “image management” when on the other hand Indian is in dire need for it. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia took to Twitter and wrote, “Humare baccho ki vaccine image management ke liye videsho mein kisne bech di (Who sold vaccines of our kids to foreign countries for image management)?” an obvious reference to the posters posted in Delhi.
AAP Workers Responsible for the act
On further investigation, the Delhi Police claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party’s south wing workers were responsible for the act. AAP party meanwhile claimed that the Delhi Police detained over 500 people associated to the party in the connection with the posters. The Kejriwal-led party also later confirmed its involvement and said that it will be turned into a national campaign.
Durgesh Pathak, AAP leader and municipal affairs in charge took to Twitter and wrote-
“Modiji, AAP has pasted these posters in Delhi. If you want to make an arrest, arrest me. Don’t drag the poor and innocent in the matter. But till we don’t get the answers, we will keep asking, “Why did you send vaccines for our kids to foreign countries?”
मोदी जी, ये पोस्टर पूरी दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी ने लगवाए हैं।
अगर गिरफ्तार करना है तो मुझे गिरफ्तार करो।
जबरदस्ती बेगुनाह गरीब लोगों को इसमें मत घसीटो।
लेकिन हम तो जवाब मिलने तक पूछते रहेंगे – "मोदी जी, हमारे बच्चों की वैक्सीन विदेश क्यों भेज दिया?" pic.twitter.com/BADCaTsH0K
— Durgesh Pathak (@ipathak25) May 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Mumbai Youth Congress, KN Tripathi of Congress, 11-time Telangana MLA Danasari Anasuya, and other opposition leaders also remained critical of PM Modi and put the poster as their display picture on Twitter.
AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said it was not a time to nit-pick at each other and pleaded to AAP volunteers to serve people who are struggling with Covid-19. His Tweet said:
करोना ने क़हर ढाया हुआ है। लोग बहुत दुःखी हैं। ये वक्त एक दूसरे पर उँगली उठाने का नहीं, बल्कि एक दूसरे को सहारा देने का है
मेरी “आप” के हर कार्यकर्ता से अपील है की वे जहां भी हैं, अपने आस पास के लोगों की तन, मन, धन से भरपूर मदद करें। इस वक्त यही सच्ची देशभक्ति है, यही धरम है
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 16, 2021
Delhi’s trend of arresting those who are critical of Modi
It should be noted that this is not the first-time voices against Modi’s regime have been smothered. Back in 2020, the Delhi Police had filed 583 cases and arrested 477 people from those cases for putting posters in the protest of CAA-NRC.
A year before that, the Delhi Police had filed 449 cases and had arrested 339 people for posters that were put against the increase in fees at Jawaharlal Nehru University.