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Will not be cowed down by threats, say AAP leaders

Will not be cowed down by threats, say AAP leaders

AAP leaders Sandeep Pathak, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Atishi address a press conference at the party office in New Delhi on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 23

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Friday said the INDIA bloc alliance will remain intact even if Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is arrested. On Thursday, the AAP alleged that they have received threats regarding the imminent arrest of Kejriwal by the ED and the CBI within the next two to three days. However, they asserted that they will not be intimidated by these threats.

AAP senior leader Saurabh Bharadwaj stated, “We have received information that the CBI will issue a notice under Section 41A of the CrPC (notice of appearance before police officer), and Kejriwal will be arrested within two to three days.”

Bhardwaj added, “The BJP is nervous because in the states where the AAP and the Congress will contest elections together, its problems will increase, and it will become difficult for them to form the government.”

He said, “Kejriwal received the seventh notice from the ED, and simultaneously, we are receiving credible information that now not only the ED but also the CBI is planning to arrest him.”

Referring to the CBI raid at the residence of former Governor Satya Pal Malik, Bhardwaj remarked, “A party that is confident of securing 400 seats does not deploy the CBI against a former Governor.”

AAP’s national general secretary Dr Sandeep Pathak said, “A message is being sent to us to abandon the INDIA alliance, otherwise, we will arrest Kejriwal. We want to convey to the BJP that the day you arrest Kejriwal, there will be a nationwide uproar, and all your calculations will fail.”

Pathak added, “In recent days, as alliance discussions progressed and neared completion, the BJP was taken aback... They reshaped their entire political strategy. Why did they need to do that? It’s because their political equations are now disrupted in many states such as Gujarat, Goa and Delhi. Therefore, their priority was to arrest Kejriwal.”

Senior leader Atishi said, “I want to tell the BJP that no matter how many notices they send, how many summons they issue, even if they arrest as many AAP leaders as possible, or even if they resort to extreme measures, we are not intimidated by their threats. We stand resolute with our heads held high. We have been fighting for democracy and the Constitution of this country, and we will continue to do so.”

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