"Police have been asked to name all the party workers, who violated the Model Code of Conduct,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said on Thursday. BJP approaches EC, demands strict action against AAP JPN/Agencies
"If party workers are found to be guilty, the party can be de-recognized," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, AAP workers clashed with their BJP counterparts outside the saffron party’s headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow to protest against Kejriwal’s brief ‘detention’ in Gujarat.
The incident took place hours after the Election Commission announced the schedule for Lok Sabha polls and enforced the mandatory Model Code of Conduct for all political parties and candidates.
Vijay Dev said the Election Commission could take action against the party leaders if it was proved that they did not stop their activists from indulging in violence.
The Election Commission has also called an all-party meeting in Delhi on Thursday.
Meanwhile, top AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi have been named in an FIR in which charges of rioting and damage to public property have been included, raising the possibility of their arrest. While 14 party workers were arrested in connection with the clashes outside the BJP headquarters here.
Accusing Aam Aadmi Party of spreading anarchy and vitiating the atmosphere ahead of polls, BJP on Thursday approached the Election Commission and demanded strict action against it, including the party's de-recognition.
BJP also alleged that some foreign forces were behind such violent incidents to create instability in the country and demanded a probe.
A delegation of BJP leaders including party Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Shyam Jaju and Delhi unit chief Harshvardhan met Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and ECs H S Brahma and S N A Zaidi and handed over a memorandum to them against AAP.
"AAP and its workers have indulged in violence and anarchy on the first day of the Model Code of Conduct that came into force yesterday. AAP has tried to spread anarchy and instability through its violence and wants to further vitiate the peaceful atmosphere ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
"We have asked the Election Commission to initiate steps against the new outfit to stop it from disturbing the peaceful atmosphere. We fear more such incidents in the coming days and have asked the EC to take steps so that such instability and anarchy is not spread by AAP. It seems some foreign forces are conspiring to create instability in the country," Naqvi said.
He said the EC assured the delegation that stern steps will be taken against such incidents and those involved in Wednesday's violence and that no one will be permitted to vitiate and disturb the peaceful atmosphere during polls. He accused AAP of being "the gentle face of Maoism" and said they think they are a law unto themselves. "They are trying to hijack democracy through anarchy," he charged.
The BJP delegation also handed over a CD of Wednesday’s violent incidents outside the BJP headquarters here and demanded a probe and action against those working at the behest of "some foreign forces" that threaten democratic system in the country.
Harshvardhan said the EC told the delegation that it will look into the complaint and that no political outfit will be allowed to disturb the democratic traditions in the country. He said the Delhi BJP unit in a meeting of all senior leaders on Thursday passed a resolution against the violence by AAP and urged the President of India and the Union Home Minister to take serious note of Wednesday's incidents and take stern steps, including de-recognition of AAP in national interest.
"Police have been asked to name all the party workers, who violated the Model Code of Conduct,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said on Thursday.
BJP approaches EC, demands strict action against AAP