New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has launched a 20-day signature campaign starting today to gather public sentiments on whether Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should step down or continue governing from jail if 'arrested in a fabricated case by the BJP.' Gopal Rai, AAP's Delhi state convener, unveiled the 'Mai Bhi Kejriwal' signature campaign, slated to cover 2,600 polling booths across the city.
This campaign aims to collect public feedback followed by public discussions in municipal wards, where AAP legislators and councillors will engage with citizens to gauge their stance on the issue. Accusing the BJP of plotting to oust Kejriwal, Rai asserted that the BJP recognizes its inability to independently form a government in Delhi and views eliminating Kejriwal as their sole option.
Recently, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Kejriwal for interrogation in an alleged money laundering case linked to the excise policy. Kejriwal declined to appear before the ED, citing the notice as 'illegal and politically motivated.' With anticipation of Kejriwal's potential arrest, AAP announced his decision to retain office and continue governance even
Rai further alleged that the BJP has initiated a 'string of fabricated cases' against AAP members, resulting in the arrests of several leaders including Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, and Sanjay Singh. Despite these arrests, Rai emphasized that AAP's popularity in Delhi remains unscathed, claiming the BJP cannot undermine it.
Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva responded by stating that AAP leaders have the freedom to conduct their signature campaign. However, he urged them to be prepared to address queries concerning alleged 'scams' related to liquor policy, the jal board, tankers, panic buttons, and school classrooms while conducting their door-to-door campaign. Sachdeva also called on Kejriwal to ensure his party members are well-versed in addressing concerns about the alleged lack of development under the AAP government in Delhi.