Arvind Kejriwal calls for fresh elections to get a clear mandate from the voters of Delhi

By on May 21, 2014

arvindtiharPatiala House Court ordered former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to be sent to judicial custody after he refused to pay up the personal bail bond of Rs 10,000 in the defamation case filed against him by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Police took Kejriwal into lock up in court premises amid tight security. He was taken to Tihar Jail and will remain in jail till May 23. Arvind kejriwal  told metropolitan magistrate Gomati Manocha: “I am fighting against corruption. I will not seek bail as I have not done anything wrong.”

The action was taken on Arvind Kejriwal against Gadkari’s complaint said on Jan 31 Kejriwal released a list of “India’s most corrupt” people and it included Gadkari’s name. Gadkari has told the court that “false, baseless, scandalous, defamatory statements” by Kejriwal against him had lowered his dignity.

Manish Sisodia said that it was not a matter of money. “It’s the matter of principles. If calling Nitin Gadkari a thief is a crime, we are ready to go to jail.”

Prashant Bhushan said, “We have always maintained that we won’t file bail bond but give undertaking. Arvind refused to take bail here also. It is not necessary to furnish bail bond. On four earlier occasions, we did not take bail but filed only undertaking.”

Today, Arvind Kejriwal held a press conference where he apologised for the resignation. He said that there is almost no chance of government formation in the capital so AAP calls for fresh elections to get a clear mandate from the voters of Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal statement: “Today I would like to apologise to the people of Delhi and the country for resigning mid-way. We made a mistake and we apologise for that. We quit on the basis of morality and principles. We didn’t want to compromise on our principles. We were unaware that it will be misrepresented. We ruled the possibility of holding a public referendum in Delhi. There are almost no chances of government formation in Delhi. When we left the government, we left it for our principles but the people did not like it. The reason was that as soon as we left, the police, the sales department etc. started victimizing people. People were demeaned for supporting us and victimized. Thus, there was a feeling that we left people stranded. I would like to apologize to people for the resignation. We will travel across the capital to consider people’s mood. I told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that AAP wants to form the government in Delhi, and asked him not to dissolve the Legislative Assembly for a week. Now, the chances of coming to power are “negligible” in the current situation. We will call for fresh elections.”

Meanwhile, the BJP might name social activist Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi. Kiran Bedi said that she will consider herself to be ready for it if such an offer is made. “I no more rule out entering indian political service on capability basis. I am moving towards some flexibility in this,” Bedi tweeted.


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