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    "BJP planning to arrest all AAP leaders...": Arvind Kejriwal after Delhi Court summons Atishi in defamation case

    The Hawk
    May28/ 2024
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    Kejriwal described the situation as a "dictatorship," alleging that all opposition leaders will be arrested if the BJP remains in power.

    Arvind Kejriwal

    New Delhi: After the Delhi Court summoned Delhi Minister Atishi in a defamation case, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed it a "dictatorship," and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party is planning to arrest all Aam Aadmi Party leaders.
    AAP leader Atishi has been summoned by a Delhi court on June 29 in relation to a defamation case filed by BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor.
    "I had said earlier that they will arrest Atishi next. They are planning to do so now. Complete dictatorship. In completely flimsy, frivolous, and false cases, they are arresting ALL leaders of AAP one by one. Every single opposition leader will be arrested if Modi ji comes back to power. AAP is not imp. Saving our dear country from dictatorship is important," Delhi CM posted on X on Tuesday.
    Moreover, the Delhi Minister questioned how the BJP formed the government in Goa, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.
    "I want to ask the BJP how they formed the government in Goa, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. How do the MLAs reach the BJP from different parties? The BJP has to answer this. How does it happen that the NCP is split into two halves and all of their leaders come to the BJP, and all their CBI/ED cases are closed? When Chaggan Bhujbal comes to the BJP from NCP, then why do the CBI and ED file closure reports? When Praful Patel comes to the BJP then all matters of the Air India scam are closed. When Ajit Pawar comes to the BJP, then all cases in the EOW, against his wife and nephew, are closed. Operation Lotus of the BJP is out in the open... The BJP must answer how they are forming a government without getting the majority in the elections," Atishi said.

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    However, BJP leader and candidate from the New Delhi constituency, Bansuri Swaraj said that AAP has an old habit of "shoot and scoot."
    "They keep leveling false allegations and think that there will be no consequences. ACMM Rouse Avenue summoned Atishi ji on June 29 in the defamation case. She will now have to give clarification on her 27 Jan 2024 tweet and allegations leveled at BJP during a press conference on 2nd April in which she said that she got an offer to join BJP," she said.
    She further said that AAP cannot make defamatory statements against BJP repeatedly and not be accountable.
    "Atishi ji will now have to appear before the court to present her side," he added.
    Delhi BJP media head Praveen Shankar Kapoor filed a defamation complaint against Atishi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
    Speaking about the case, Praveen Shankar Kapoor, Delhi BJP (Media Head), said, "In the past two and a half years, we have seen that whenever the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) used to get caught in corruption cases, the party consistently claimed that attempts were being made to topple their government or to remove their MLAs."
    "In this context, on April 2, Delhi government minister Atishi gave a statement, saying that the BJP approached her to join the party through an individual who was personally close to her and that attempts were being made to break the party. After which, on the same day, the BJP gave a legal notice to Atishi to apologise. However, when she did not apologise, we filed a case of defamation in court," said the BJP media head.
    Earlier today, Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court's ACMM admitted the defamation suit filed by Delhi BJP's Media Department Head Praveen Shankar Kapoor against Delhi Minister Atishi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, summonsing Delhi Minister Atishi to appear in the court on June 29.