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Arvind Kejriwal Claims AAP Gaining Momentum In Gujarat After CBI Raids On Sisodia

In the 70-member Delhi Assembly, 58 MLAs voted in favour of Aam Aadmi Party in the trust vote.

File Photo of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.(ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who won the trust vote in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday, took a dig at BJP-led Centre and thanked the Prime Minister of giving AAP a “certificate of honesty”. Speaking in the Assembly, Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share in Gujarat has increased by 4 per cent after CBI raids against his deputy Manish Sisodia.

This vote share will increase by 6 per cent if he is arrested, the AAP national convener said during a discussion on the confidence motion in the Delhi Assembly.

“The CBI raided Sisodia, went to his village and searched his bank locker. CBI people said they did not find anything against him but are under pressure to arrest him,” Kejriwal claimed.

The prime minister has given a “certificate of honesty”, he said.
“The AAP’s vote share has increased by 4 per cent in Gujarat after CBI raids against Sisodia. It will increase by 6 per cent if he’s arrested,” the chief minister said.

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The AAP government’s trust vote win comes days after Kejriwal accused BJP of MLA-poaching. In the 70-member Delhi Assembly, 58 MLAs voted in favour of Aam Aadmi Party in the trust vote.

The AAP has 62 MLAs whereas the opposition party BJP has 8 MLAs in the Delhi Asssembly. There was no vote against it as three BJP MLAs Vijender Gupta, Abhay Verma and Mohan Singh Bisht were marshalled out of the Assembly following an argument with Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla, who did not heed their demand to take up their calling attention notices before a discussion on the confidence motion.

The rest of them walked out in protest. In an attempt to project the AAP as an alternative to the BJP, Kejriwal said there are only two parties at the national level at present — ‘Kattar Imandar (hardcore honest) party and Kattar Beimaan (hardcore corrupt) party’.

Attacking the BJP, he said the saffron party leaders tried to buy AAP MLAs but none of his legislators accepted their offer.

“Absolutely corrupt party lacks educated people while ‘hardcore honest’ party has those with good education, genuine IIT degrees,” he said in a veiled dig at the BJP. “They are spending Rs 20-50 crore to buy MLAs. Am I doing anything wrong if I want to build schools and hospitals,” he asked.

The AAP government had brought in a confidence motion on Monday to show that the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ had failed in Delhi.

(With PTI Inputs)