18 May 2024

Kejriwal throws a challenge to PM Modi, highlights AAP's 'faults'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, currently out on bail in the alleged liquor scam case, has thrown a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, declaring, "I will be at the BJP office tomorrow at 12 noon."

Kejriwal announced, "I am arriving at the BJP headquarters tomorrow at 12 noon with all the leaders and MLAs of my party. Whoever you want to put in jail, put them in jail."

'Imprisoning AAP leaders would only lead to emergence of more leaders'

In his statement, Kejriwal accused the BJP of attempting to crush the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He asserted that AAP is an enduring idea. He said imprisoning its leaders would only lead to the emergence of more leaders.

The Enforcement Directorate had arrested Kejriwal in connection with the alleged liquor policy scam. After spending fifty days in jail, the Supreme Court granted him interim bail to campaign in the upcoming elections.

Kejriwal's bail is valid until June 1, after which he is expected to return to jail on June 2.

Issuing a statement on Saturday evening, Kejriwal highlighted his party's achievements and claimed the BJP's actions were aimed at dismantling AAP. 

He recounted, "You can see how they are targeting AAP. One by one, they are imprisoning our leaders. They jailed me, Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Satyendra Jain, and now my PA."

He added, "Raghav Chadha has just returned from London, and now they are threatening to jail him too. Soon, they will target Saurabh Bhardwaj and Atishi."

Kejriwal enumerates AAP's 'faults'

Reflecting on his own imprisonment, Kejriwal questioned, "I wondered why they wanted to jail us. Our fault is providing good education to poor children, improving government schools, building Mohalla clinics, and enhancing government hospitals in Delhi. They cannot match these efforts and want to stop them."

Kejriwal accused the Prime Minister of playing a "jail-jail" game with his party, stating, "Prime Minister, you keep jailing our leaders—sometimes Manish Sisodia, sometimes Sanjay Singh, sometimes me."

He reiterated his challenge, "Tomorrow, at 12 noon, I will come to the BJP headquarters with all our leaders, MLAs, and MPs. If you want to jail us, jail everyone together."

Kejriwal emphasized that imprisoning AAP leaders would not end the party, stating, "You think you can crush AAP by jailing its leaders, but you cannot. AAP is an idea that has captured the hearts of people across the country. For every leader you jail, this nation will produce a hundred more."

Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal, AAP's Rajya Sabha MP and former chairperson of the Delhi Women Commission, has alleged that she was assaulted at Kejriwal's official residence. She has filed a case against Kejriwal's close aide, Bibhav Kumar, who has been taken into custody by Delhi Police.

This controversy has raised questions about internal strife within AAP. Amidst this turmoil, Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha, who had been out of India, returned to meet Kejriwal on Saturday.

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