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AAP MLAs meet Kejriwal’s wife, BJP says she is taking over Delhi’s ruling party


Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon arrived at jailed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence for a meeting with his wife, Sunita Kejriwal, prompting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to claim she was “indirectly and slowly trying to take over” Delhi’s ruling party.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal. (ANI)

An AAP lawmaker said they were meeting Sunita Kejriwal to discuss the “prevailing political situation” and the BJP’s alleged attempts to poach them and plans to arrest more AAP leaders.

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The meeting was convened two days after Sunita Kejriwal made her first-ever public address on Sunday at a show of strength and unity at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan of the Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) weeks before the general elections. She called her husband “a lion” who will not be “behind bars” for long. Sunita Kejriwal, who earlier read out two emotive messages from Arvind Kejriwal, said he remains in the hearts of crores of people across the country.

Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva said a power struggle was going on within the AAP and no one trusted anyone. “In the court yesterday [Monday] Arvind Kejriwal exposed the names of [ministers] Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj in the excise scam. Sunita Kejriwal is indirectly and slowly trying to take over the party because she knows that Arvind Kejriwal has committed corruption and chances of him coming out of jail are nil,” said Sachdeva.

Special judge Kaveri Baweja on Monday remanded Arvind Kejriwal in judicial custody until April 15 in connection with the excise policy case. He is the fourth prominent AAP leader to have been arrested.

The AAP has maintained that ED’s probe in the excise case was part of a political conspiracy to crush the party. On Monday, it alleged the BJP was attempting to destabilise and topple the AAP government.

AAP legislator Rituraj Jha claimed in the Delhi assembly that BJP leaders offered him a Cabinet position and money if he switched parties, and induced 10 more lawmakers to follow suit.

The AAP has 62 lawmakers in the 70-member assembly. The BJP has the remaining eight members in the House

AAP lawmakers meeting with Sunita Kejriwal began hours after AAP minister Atishi claimed the BJP was likely to get her and three other AAP leaders—Saurabh Bharadwaj, Raghav Chadha, and Durgesh Pathak—arrested in the alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped 2021-22 excise policy.

Sachdeva dismissed Atishi’s claims as baseless. “Arvind Kejriwal, AAP, and its leaders are involved in the excise scam. As the investigation is progressing, names of different AAP leaders are emerging, and all of them will face action,” said Sachdeva.



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