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Signature Bridge inaugurated amid ruckus

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The over the Yamuna was inaugurated amid a surcharged atmosphere on Sunday with attacking BJP and Narendra Modi, saying the country needs bridges, schools and hospitals not temples and statues for progress.

High drama prevailed before the inauguration of the bridge with BJP and scores of supporters staging a protest for allegedly not being invited to inaugural event of the newly-built city landmark. They also had a "scuffle" with some workers.

"Four days ago the 182 metre tallest statue of the world was unveiled and today this 154 metre high bridge is being inaugurated. The country has to decide if it needs statues and temples or bridges, schools and hospitals," Kejriwal said inaugurating the bridge.

He said the thought of reminded him of the first of the country Jawahar Lal Nehru.

"If Nehru had chosen to build temples and statues instead of institutions like and SAIL, then the country would not have progressed. The country would languish in 15th century if temples and mosques are given preferences over science, technology and research," Kejriwal said.

He alleged that in order to stop his government from completing the bridge, the officials and engineers were issued threats of CBI raids against them.

"The has been completed only because there is an honest government in Delhi," Kejriwal asserted.

Deputy CM also alleged that "obstacles" were raised by the so that the Signature bridge was not completed in the rule of government in

"If had contributed one inch to this bridge, I would myself chant Modi-Modi like those who are showing black flags," he said referring to BJP supporters who were camped nearby along with

In a direct attack on Tiwari, Sisodia said if he was "so fond of" going to inaugurals then he should work constructively.

"It is Modi government's rule that the CM of elected government in will not be invited to any inaugural function. We deliberately did not invite (Tiwari)," Sisodia said claiming no one from was invited at inauguration of Skywalk at ITO.

Earlier Sunday, Tiwari and his supporters allegedly entered into a scuffle with members and staged a protest for not being invited to inaugural event.

Kejriwal and his deputy were not present when the protest took place.

BJP, however, said that AAP leader used abusive language and pushed Tiwari.

Meanwhile, Ravindra Yadav, of police, eastern range, said the main function was held smoothly without any disturbance.

"Our staff on duty at the place of function performed their task with utmost restraint and diligence. Though there was slogan shouting but police segregated the groups and did not allow any clash or violence to take place," he said.

"The situation was handled very professionally by and not allowed to take an ugly turn," Yadav added.

Tiwari is from North East Delhi and the bridge comes in his constituency.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 20:40 IST