Delhi crime branch officers on Friday arrived at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to serve him a notice in connection with his recent claims that the BJP was trying to poach seven AAP MLAs. News agency ANI reported that Delhi Police notice asked Kejriwal to provide evidence supporting the allegations that he made. They also went to Delhi minister Atishi’s residence, but neither Kejriwal nor Atishi was present. Last week, Kejriwal made a social media post claiming that seven of his party MLAs were contacted by the BJP. The BJP immediately called his allegations baseless and now the Delhi crime branch has taken up the case.
“This shows how much politically desperate Kejriwal has become. This unfounded allegation by him is an attempt to keep himself politically alive. The allegation that the BJP wants to break away MLAs of the ruling AAP, having 62 out of 70 MLAs in Delhi, shows his mental bankruptcy,” Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said when Kejriwal made the allegation.
The sudden visit by the cops to Kejriwal’s residence comes at a time when Kejriwal is on the radar of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the liquor scam. Kejriwal skipped five summons by the agency so far calling the summons unconstitutional.
Another flashpoint between the AAP and the BJP was the latest Chandigarh mayor election. While the AAP protested in the Capital on Friday alleging cheating in the mayor election, the BJP also staged a protest demanding the resignation of Kejriwal because of his government’s ‘corruption’.
At the protest, Kejriwal said the Chandigarh mayor poll cheating was caught on camera. “If they can indulge in such irregularities in the Chandigarh mayoral polls, what would they be doing in Lok Sabha and assembly elections. They can sell the country for power but we will not allow them to do it. We have to save democracy and country,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal’s poaching claim: What Delhi CM posted on X
On January 27, Kejriwal took to X and said ‘they’ contacted 7 MLAs of AAP and said Kejriwal would be arrested shortly and after that there would be horse-trading of MLAs. They said they have already spoken with 21 MLAs and are in the process of reaching out to the rest. Kejriwal alleged that offers of ₹25 crore were made to each MLA.
“Though they have claimed that they spoke with 21 MLAs, according to our information they contacts seven MLAS and everybody declined,” Kejriwal wrote.
“This means I will not be getting arrested for the liquor investigation but they are trying to topple the AAP government. Such conspiracies are not new, they did it before but never succeeded. God and the public have always been with us,” Kejriwal wrote,
Article source: hindustantimes.com