New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday targeted the Narendra Modi government over the protest at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and said that the BJP was trying to benefit from it.

Kejriwal also said that Home Minister Amit Shah could get the route opened in “two minutes” if he wanted.

“The road must be vacated. This issue is under the central government and I don't know why it is not opening that road. They don't want to open it. BJP is doing politics on this. Can't believe a powerful home minister as Amit Shah can't get that road opened. If the road is opened, there won't be an issue left for them,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying during an event of a leading news channel.

Speaking at the event, the Aam Aadmi Party convenor recited Hanuman Chalisa and said that he doesn't need BJP's endorsement of being a Hindu. 

The stinging charge by Kejriwal came on a day when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while addressing a rally in Delhi's Vikaspuri, said that a Pakistan minister is supporting Kejriwal because 'he knows only Kejriwal can feed 'biryani' to protestors in Shaheen Bagh'.

"Why is a Pakistani minister making statements in support of Arvind Kejriwal? Because he knows that only Kejriwal can feed biryani to protestors in Shaheen Bagh," alleged Adityanath.

The UP Chief Minister was referring to Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry's tweet in which he had said, "Under pressure of losing another State election (Delhi), he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) resorts to ridiculous claims and threats endangering the region."

Chaudhry had posted the tweet in response to PM Modi's comment that India can defeat Pakistan in a war within 7-10 days.

Shaheen Bagh, which has been the epicentre of the protests against the controversial Citizenship Act, has been the venue of thousands of locals, particularly women since December 15. Due to the protest, Kalindi Kunj road has been shut for traffic movement.

Earlier, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking appropriate directions to the police to open the Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch contending that the road closure is causing huge inconvenience to people.

Security has been beefed up in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh after incidents of firing near the venue and nearby area of Jamia Millia University.  

On Sunday night, two unidentified persons allegedly opened fire outside Jamia Millia Islamia. No one was injured in the attack. This is the third firing incident in the Jamia Nagar area in a week.

On Thursday, a minor fired at anti-CAA protesters preparing to march from Jamia towards the Rajghat, injuring a student.

Two days later, a 25-year-old fired two rounds in air at Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the new citizenship law has been going on. No one was hurt in the incident. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta