Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he stops doing “naukri (service)” of a dost (friend).
Addressing a party event in Haryana’s Rohtak, Kejriwal said: “I would like to make an offer today.
Pradhan Mantri ji, ‘You stop doing naukri of a ‘dost’, I and the entire Aam Aadmi Party would support the BJP. Leave the friendship of ‘dost’ and stop working for him and start working for 140 crore people. Stop patronising thieves and corrupt, and send them to jail. If a ‘dost’ runs this country… then every child of this county would oppose you’.”
Kejriwal added: “The PM says he is fighting against the corrupt and corruption. I want to tell Modi ji, ‘if you were fighting against corruption in reality, I would have supported you in the first place’.”
Further attacking Modi, Kejriwal said, “There are talks that the PM has a friend. It’s said the PM works only for that friend and this friend is running the country and taking all decisions. This situation is extremely dangerous.”
Accusing the current regime of filing false cases against the political opponents, Kejriwal said: “They see who speaks against Pradhan Mantri ji and make a list. Then CBI is called. What was the fault of (AAP MP) Sanjay Singh? He raised voice against the PM in Parliament.”
The ED had recently summoned Kejriwal for questioning in the alleged Delhi excise policy case and to record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
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Referring to the ED summons, Kejriwal said: “They are saying they would arrest Kejriwal. I would like to tell them that I may be arrested, but how will you suppress and stop my voice?”
Kejriwal on Thursday did not appear before the ED and wrote to the central agency demanding the “recall” of its summons to him, calling it “vague, motivated and unsustainable in law”.
Apparently equating himself with Bhagat Singh, Kejriwal said: “He was eventually sent to the gallows. But, even after 100 years, the ideas of Bhagat Singh resonate in every corner of the country.”