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God has brought me out of jail to defeat BJP: Arvind Kejriwal


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If you choose AAP on May 25, I won’t have to go back to jail: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI, May 12: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday held his second roadshow in New Delhi after coming out of jail and sharpened his attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While addressing the residents of the national capital, Arvind Kejriwal said, “God has brought him out of jail to defeat BJP.”
He alleged that the BJP’s plan was to topple the AAP governments in the national capital and Punjab after his arrest in a money-laundering case, but it did not work out and the party became stronger in his absence.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) became more united “after my arrest”, Kejriwal said while addressing the party MLAs following a meeting at the chief minister’s residence here.
This was Kejriwal’s first meeting with the party MLAs after being released on interim bail on Friday. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the money-laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi liquor scam.
The MLAs informed Kejriwal about the developments in the last month and a half.
Addressing his party colleagues, Kejriwal said the Supreme Court granting interim bail to him till June 1 “was no less than a miracle”.
“Due to the incidents that have happened in the last month and a half, I feel that god is trying to get us to do something. Whatever is happening, we are just instruments, god is doing everything,” he said.
Kejriwal recalled that during his meetings with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Bharadwaj and Atishi in Tihar Jail, he would inquire whether the entire system in Delhi is working or not.
In Kejriwal’s absence, Delhi minister Raaj Kumar Anand resigned while accusing the AAP of “being anti-Dalit”. His resignation as a minister is yet to be accepted. Anand meanwhile has joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls from the New Delhi constituency.
“My only worry was that if due to my incarceration, the work in Delhi stopped, the supply of medicines in hospitals, electricity, water got disrupted, then they (BJP) would get a chance to blame it on us and in the middle of the election, we will somehow lose the narrative. But all of you did a very good job,” the chief minister said.
“When those from the BJP used to meet me before my arrest, they used to tell me that they will get me arrested and after that, they will break our party and topple the government in Delhi.
“Then in Punjab, they will poach our MLAs by any means and take Bhagwant Mann with them. And I do not know what kind of stories they had woven and exactly the opposite happened,” he said.
Kejriwal said after his arrest, the AAP “became more united instead of breaking apart”.
Kejriwal claimed that the BJP tried everything but even the threat of the ED did not work.
He asked the AAP MLAs to keep the party safe after he goes back to jail. (PTI)


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