New Delhi: A combative Arvind Kejriwal made it clear that he is not going to bow down. He has sounded the battle cry for all the 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs who are staring at disqualification in the office of profit case and asked them to be prepared to “fight at every level” in the coming days.
He made it clear that if a re-election were to be held, their focus should be on not just winning, but ensuring that Congress and BJP lose their deposits. In a detailed discussion in a meeting at his home, the party’s legal options as well as election preparedness were the top priorities. Apart from the 20 legislators, the meeting was attended by other top leaders of the party, including Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Ashish Khetan and Dilip Pandey.
Alka Lamba, the MLA from Chandni Chowk said that all twenty MLAs have told the CM if push comes to shove and they get disqualified, they will work to strengthen the government from outside. Another MLA said that due to the decision, the attention within the party has shifted from AAP’s controversial Rajya Sabha choices to the new threat looming over them.
Wazirpur MLA Rajesh Gupta had a word of advice for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “This kind of shadow fighting upsets me, for I believe our honorable prime minister is a man of very high stature. If he removes a small MLA like me, he increases my stature. he should fight from the fron,” he said.
Briefing the media after the meet, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia attacked the Election Commission, calling the decision to recommend the disqualification “illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional”. Sisodia said that the MLAs have sought time from President Ram Nath Kovind to present their case as the poll panel gave its decision without hearing them. “We request the President to send the opinion back to the Election Commission and ask it to take cognizance of the proof of innocence of the MLAs, hear their witnesses and then give its opinion,” he said.