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High drama as Somnath’s mother turns up at Lipika’s PC

Somnath Bharti's wife Lipika Mitra at news conference

New Delhi: Somnath Bharti’s estranged wife Lipika today said she was mulling approaching court against the AAP MLA while addressing a press conference, which was interrupted by her mother-in-law who said she was ready to move to an old-age home to keep the couple together.

Earlier, Somnath had alleged that Lipika wanted him to leave her mother.

Seventy-year-old Manorama Rani Bharti along with her counsel turned up at the venue and said,”I was pained to know that my daughter-in-law is not staying with my son because of me…I am ready to move to an old age home if my daughter-in-law can live happily with my son.”

Lipika in her complaint to DCW on June 10 had alleged harassment by her mother-in-law too.

She also refuted the allegations of mistreating Bharti’s mother and said,”If his (Bharti’s) mother denied my entry to her house, how can I be blamed for not wanting to live with his mother?”

Earlier, addressing the media, Lipika accused Bharti of manipulating the spouse details in his affidavit filed during the elections.

“My husband has manipulated the spouse details in his affidavit to the Election Commission before the polls,” she alleged.

She also said that the former Law Minister has accused her of working for the BJP and being instigated by police.

“After my complaint to Delhi Commission to Women (DCW) came to light, he (Bharti) asked me if I was working for the BJP or was I being instigated by police,” said Lipika at thepress conference held at DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh’s residence.

Reacting to Bharti’s claim that they have been living separately since their marriage in 2010, Lipika said,”It is really painful that after a turmoiled marriage, with two kids and a termination, today it is me who has to prove my relationship with my husband,” said the AAP leader’s wife.

An emotional Lipika said that she had hoped of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s intervention in the issue as he had done in the case where a woman was attacked by a traffic policeman last month.

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