Keeping up its attack on the Centre, Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the “kingpin” behind the “targeting” of its MLAs in Delhi and claimed more of its legislators may be arrested but the party won’t be cowed.
“Our two MLAs – Naresh Yadav and Amanatullah Khan — were arrested in a day. Police misbehaved with Khan’s family and forcibly picked him. The same treatment has been meted out to Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birlan. The kingpin behind the subsequent attacks on our MLAs is Modiji only,” senior party leader Ashutosh alleged during a press conference. “Similarly, MLA Sharad Chauhan was interrogated for over nine hours, that to regarding an issue in which an FIR was registered after AAP’s intervention,” he added.
Ashutosh referred to arrests of 10 MLAs, income tax raid against one legislator and “attempts to disqualify” 21 MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries to ministers through “false allegations”. “I have got to know from my sources that Rakhi and Chauhan may also be arrested by this evening. But we just want to say that the country is watching all this and Modiji we are not scared of anything,” he said.
His remarks came a day after party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at the PM, even saying that Modi may “get me killed” and asked AAP MLAs to be ready for “ultimate sacrifice” in the wake of “unprecedented crackdown” by the BJP government.