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When AAP MLAs meet Kejriwal’s wife, they support his staying on as chief minister of Delhi

According to persons familiar with the situation, ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs met with incarcerated chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal, on Tuesday and supported her husband’s continued role as the highest elected official in Delhi and his ability to lead the government from Tihar Jail.

“The members of the legislative assembly, or MLAs, informed Sunita Kejriwal that the 20 million residents of Delhi support Arvind Kejriwal and that he ought to continue leading the Delhi government from prison without thinking twice about resigning,” an AAP official said. The official said that while three members—Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, and Satyendra Jain—are incarcerated, four others were not in Delhi, and 55 parliamentarians were present for the meeting.

Out of the 70 members of the legislature, the AAP has 62 parliamentarians, while the BJP has the remaining eight.

According to an AAP MP, they met with Sunita Kejriwal to talk about the “prevailing political situation,” the BJP’s purported efforts to recruit them, and their intentions to detain additional AAP officials.

Weeks before the general elections, on Sunday, Sunita Kejriwal gave her first-ever public speech at the Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) display of strength and unity at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. Two days later, the meeting was called. Her husband is “a lion,” and she said he won’t be “behind bars” for very long.

Arvind Kejriwal is still dear to the hearts of millions of people in the nation, according to Sunita Kejriwal, who had previously read aloud two heartfelt notes from him.

Virendra Sachdeva, the head of the Delhi BJP, said that there was a power struggle inside the AAP and that nobody could be trusted. “Avind Kejriwal revealed the names of [ministers] Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj in the excise scam in court yesterday [Monday].” Sachdeva said that Sunita Kejriwal is gradually attempting to gain control of the party via indirect means, since she is aware that Arvind Kejriwal has committed corruption and that there is little prospect of him being released from prison.

In relation to the excise policy issue, special judge Kaveri Baweja remanded Arvind Kejriwal in judicial detention on Monday till April 15. He is the fourth well-known AAP figure to be taken into custody.

According to the AAP, the ED’s investigation into the excise issue was a part of a plot to destroy the party. It said on Monday that the AAP administration was under attack from the BJP, which was trying to overthrow it.

In the Delhi assembly, AAP member Rituraj Jha said that BJP officials enticed him to switch parties with promises of a Cabinet post and financial benefits, and they even persuaded ten other politicians to do the same.

Hours after AAP minister Atishi said the BJP was going to arrest Sunita Kejriwal and three other AAP leaders—Saurabh Bharadwaj, Raghav Chadha, and Durgesh Pathak—for suspected irregularities in the now-cancelled 2021–22 excise policy, AAP MPs met with Kejriwal.

Sachdeva brushed off Atishi’s accusations as unfounded. The AAP, led by Arvind Kejriwal, is complicit in the excise scandal. AAP leaders are coming to light as the probe goes on, and everyone of them will be held accountable, according to Sachdeva.

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