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Last year, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had declared Arvind Kejriwal as AAP’s PM face for 2024 Lok Sabha polls and talked about the party’s national footprint plans. (Image: PTI/File)
BJP is now attacking AAP on corruption charges and questioning Kejriwal’s claim of “Katar Samman”, while pointing to “Khalistan narrative” in Punjab
With two top ministers in Delhi arrested on serious charges and its governance model in Punjab under strain, AAP’s national ambitions seem to have suffered a setback ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election battle.
Sample this: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia holds 18 portfolios, which is more than half of the Delhi government’s total of 33 portfolios. Half a dozen were allotted to them from Satyendar Jain’s kitty after the minister’s arrest last year. This fact, apart from Sisodia being AAP’s de facto number two, shows that his arrest by the CBI has bigger ramifications for the party than Jain’s incarceration.
Last year, it was Sisodia who announced Arvind Kejriwal as AAP’s prime ministerial face for 2024 and talked about the party’s national footprint plans. However, he is not only facing charges in an alleged liquor scam in Delhi, but also has another arrest hanging over his head – an alleged snooping case, in which the Home Ministry has given the CBI permission to issue an FIR against him. Was given Week. This can make bail difficult. The Enforcement Directorate is also preparing to take action against him.
The AAP has come out all guns blazing against Sisodia’s arrest, terming it “political vendetta” by the BJP and saying the agencies did not have concrete evidence of material gains by Sisodia as a minister, and challenged the CBI to prove the charges in court. Gave.
The party has so far shamelessly leveled allegations against Jain. It has refused to sack him as a minister despite allegations of his being behind bars for a long time, allegedly taking undue advantage from prison officials as well as jailed conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
BJP hit back and said that if Jain was innocent then why could not he get bail till now. According to CBI sources, there is a “water-tight case” against Sisodia, alleging that the liquor scam and snooping case took away his chair.
“Just because he was a ‘good’ education minister, as the AAP claims, doesn’t mean he can get away with big-time corruption in other sectors… Agencies doing their job . Will Arvind Kejriwal also take the Council of Ministers from Sisodia like Jain, but not sack him?” A senior BJP leader told News18,
The BJP is now attacking the AAP on corruption charges and questioning the claim of “katar samman” made by Kejriwal, while also comparing it with the ouster of the Congress in 2014. The BJP has been harping on the “Khalistan Narrative” in Punjab under its newly formed government and alleged inaction against the likes of ‘Waris Punjab De’ leader Amritpal Singh.
BJP’s narrative is correct – that AAP is not only corrupt but also incapable of governing. The AAP said the defeat in the MCD polls has hurt the saffron party, while Kejriwal’s party is garnering public sympathy over the arrest of its leaders.
Last week’s fight between BJP and AAP corporators at MCD House could be a trailer for the bigger BJP-AAP contest in the next one year.
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