17 Feb 2024

Arvind Kejriwal Appears in Court Today Amidst Trust Vote in Delhi Assembly

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly is set to address Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's motion of confidence today, a move aimed at showcasing strength in response to his party's claims of BJP attempting to lure AAP MLAs.

Arvind Kejriwal, also the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is expected to appear before a Delhi court today to provide an explanation for his absence in response to the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) five earlier summons related to the liquor policy case.

This move precedes the ED's sixth summons scheduled for February 19. Kejriwal alleges that BJP members approached two AAP MLAs, suggesting that the Delhi chief minister would face arrest soon. The MLAs claim they were offered Rs 25 crore to join the BJP, an allegation denied by the BJP.

In the Assembly yesterday, Kejriwal moved the confidence motion, stating that attempts were made to persuade AAP MLAs to defect, and he aims to demonstrate their unwavering loyalty to the party.

This marks the second time the Kejriwal government seeks a trust vote. With 62 MLAs out of 70 in the Assembly belonging to AAP, and the BJP holding eight seats, AAP appears confident in its majority.

The court had summoned Kejriwal, emphasizing his legal obligation to comply. The ED accuses him of intentionally evading summons with "lame excuses," while AAP contends the summonses are illegal, and the agency's motive is to arrest Kejriwal.

As Kejriwal faces the trust vote, the ongoing investigation into the liquor policy case intensifies, with allegations of kickbacks and money laundering. AAP leaders in custody have heightened anticipation, with discussions on the party's potential course of action, including the possibility of Kejriwal continuing as Chief Minister while in jail.

The ED asserts that liquor companies played a role in framing the excise policy for a 12% profit, while the BJP claims the alleged scam's proceeds funded AAP's campaign in Gujarat, solidifying its national party status.

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