New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Tuesday hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi for inviting lawyer and historian AG Noorani to the Shaheed Diwas function, held on the Legislative Assembly premises, and accused it of "siding" with "anti-national" forces.
BJP MLA Gupta, who attended the function on March 23, dubbed Noorani as a "pro-Pakistan" person who "is in favour" of a plebiscite in Kashmir.
"Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia shared the dais with Noorani who had questioned the people's mandate in favour of the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh polls and also indulged in bashing Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he told a press conference.
Shaheed Diwas is organised on March 23 to commemorate martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.
Noorani, at the function, had criticised the BJP for choosing Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and called on the people to "respond" to it.
Referring to Modi, Noorani, who has has practised as an advocate in Supreme Court and in Bombay High Court, had said that "power goes to the head" of anyone who gets an absolute majority in elections and accused the prime minister of indulging in "communal" politics.
Noorani considers himself a "secular Muslim". He has defended Sheikh Abdullah of Kashmir during his long period of detention. He appeared in the Bombay High Court for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi against the latter's main political rival J. Jayalalitha.
He is the author of a number of books including: The Kashmir Question, Badruddin Tyabji Ministers' Misconduct, Brezhnev's Plan for Asian Security, The Presidential System, The Trial of Bhagat Singh, Constitutional Questions in India and The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labour. He has also authored the biographies of Badruddin Tyabji and Dr Zakir Hussain.
His columns regularly appear in various publications, including Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Dawn, The Statesman, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly and Dainik Bhaskar.