Arun Jaitley says death of BJP worker unfortunate

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    Arun Jaitley says death of BJP worker unfortunate - Indian Express

    Terming the death of a BJP worker during a scuffle allegedly involving a party councillor as "unfortunate", BJP today said it did not want to see any politics behind it even as it put the blame for the incident on the law and order situation in the city.

    BJP worker Jai Prakash was stabbed to death last night allegedly by some supporters of sitting councillor Madhav Prasad (47) who is contesting as BJP candidate from Sangam Park in Model Town in North West Delhi. Police have already detained Prasad.

    "We do not want to see any politics behind it. The death of a political worker is also to be seen as a law and order problem and therefore it should be effectively dealt with by police," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said when asked about the incident.

    Prakash was an aspirant for a party ticket from the same ward but the party overlooked him and gave the ticket to the sitting councillor. Both Prakash and Prasad were said to be not on good terms following this.

    Jaitley said it was an unfortunate and sad incident and demanded an "honest and effective" investigation into it.

    "There should be an honest and effective inquiry into the incident. The guilty must be taken to task," he said.

    This is the first incidence of election-related violence reported in the capital ahead of the April 15 polls.

    The BJP has been grappling with infighting in the party following distribution of tickets for the municipal polls.

    A senior police official said Prakash and Prasad had an altercation at a party workers' meeting yesterday following which Prakash was stabbed.
     
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