स्वाति मालीवाल मामला: मालीवाल ने कहा कि वह आप सांसद पद से इस्तीफा नहीं देंगी; केजरीवाल का कहना है कि बीजेपी ने सारी हदें पार कर दीं

स्वाति मालीवाल मामला: मालीवाल ने कहा कि वह आप सांसद पद से इस्तीफा नहीं देंगी; केजरीवाल का कहना है कि बीजेपी ने सारी हदें पार कर दीं

Swati Maliwal Case: Maliwal Says She Will Not Resign As AAP MP; Kejriwal Says BJP Crossed All Limits

Swati Maliwal alleges assault by Arvind Kejriwal's aide; AAP leaders gather at CM's residence as Delhi police defer recording statements from his parents and wife.

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  • 23, May, 2024
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Swati Maliwal Case: Maliwal Says She Will Not Resign As AAP MP; Kejriwal Says BJP Crossed All Limits

Swati Maliwal-Arvind Kejriwal Row Updates: AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal on Thursday revisited the incident from May 13, where she accused Bibhav Kumar, an aide to Arvind Kejriwal, of assault. Maliwal alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister was present at his residence when the alleged assault by Kumar took place. Amidst the controversy, Maliwal has made it clear that she will not step down from her position as an AAP Rajya Sabha MP, stating, “I will not resign no matter what.”

The turmoil within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has drawn considerable attention, especially with senior leaders convening at Kejriwal’s residence earlier in the day. Prominent figures such as Gopal Rai, Atishi, Sanjay Singh, and Saurabh Bharadwaj were among the first to arrive, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

Adding to the tension, sources informed News18 that the Delhi police will not be visiting Kejriwal’s home on Thursday to record statements from his parents and wife. The source mentioned, “This is procedural investigation and can also be done at a later stage,” indicating that there is flexibility in how and when the investigation proceeds.

Arvind Kejriwal, addressing the unfolding events, released a video message via the official AAP handle on X (formerly Twitter), where he appealed to the authorities, urging them to “not torture his old and sick parents.” This plea highlighted the emotional strain and the personal dimensions of the ongoing conflict.

The controversy dates back to May 13, when Maliwal, a notable figure in the AAP and an advocate for women's rights, claimed that she was assaulted by Kumar at Kejriwal’s residence. The allegations have sparked a significant political row, placing the party and its leadership under intense scrutiny. Maliwal's steadfast decision to remain in her position despite the allegations has further fueled the narrative, reflecting both her resilience and the complex dynamics within the AAP.

Senior AAP leaders’ visit to Kejriwal’s residence signals a show of solidarity and perhaps a strategy session to navigate the current crisis. Gopal Rai, Atishi, Sanjay Singh, and Saurabh Bharadwaj’s presence indicates the importance of the issue at hand and suggests that the party is working to address the internal discord and public perceptions.

The delayed police visit for recording statements can be seen as a procedural leniency, potentially aimed at reducing immediate stress on Kejriwal’s family. However, it also raises questions about the timeline and manner in which the investigation will proceed. The police’s approach to handling the statements from Kejriwal’s parents and wife will be closely watched, as it will impact public opinion and the political landscape.

Kejriwal’s video message is a strategic move to garner public sympathy and portray the investigation’s impact on his family. By highlighting the health and age of his parents, Kejriwal aims to humanize the situation and possibly sway public sentiment in his favor. This tactic is not uncommon in political conflicts, where personal narratives are often used to influence broader public perception.

The ongoing row between Swati Maliwal and the Delhi Chief Minister’s aide reflects deeper issues within the AAP, a party that has positioned itself as a clean and transparent alternative to traditional politics. The allegations and the subsequent handling of the case will likely have lasting implications on the party’s image and its internal cohesion. As the investigation progresses, the responses from both sides will be crucial in shaping the narrative and determining the political fallout.

In conclusion, the situation remains fluid, with significant developments expected in the coming days. The manner in which the AAP leadership navigates this controversy, the police's investigation, and the public’s reaction to Kejriwal’s appeal will all play pivotal roles in the unfolding drama.

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