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No link between INDI alliance winning polls and Kejriwal not going to jail: Puri

May 22, 2024 05:50 PM

New Delhi : Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that there is no link between the INDIA bloc coming to power at the Centre and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal not going to jail.

"I cannot understand the link- that the INDI alliance's government will be formed and he (Arvind Kejriwal) will not go to jail. What is the link? He was in jail because he was charge-sheeted, and he got interim bail of 21 days. It is all delusional," Puri said at a press conference in Delhi on Wednesday.

Speaking about Kejriwal's former personal assistant Bibhav Kumar formatting his phone to allegedly remove evidence linked to the Swati Maliwal assault case, Puri said, "In the liquor scam, they had destroyed 170 phones, and now Bibhav has formatted his phone...Phones can be reformatted."

Citing a media report the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, "The agencies have direct chats between Arvind Kejriwal and a hawala operator."
In a veiled dig at the AAP on the Swati Maliwal incident, the Union Minister suggested, "Don't go to see him. You might get beaten up. Ask for an appointment. Even if you ask for an appointment make sure you have security."

The Minister also hot out at AAP leader Atishi for not addressing the Maliwal issue, he said, "She should be ashamed of herself that a colleague of hers, a Rajya Sabha MP has been assaulted and she is twisting the conversation around. She will have a lot of answering to do..."

Hitting out at the Aam Aadmi Party chief over his alleged luxurious residence, 'Sheesh Mahal', the Union Minister said that the full facts are yet to emerge. "Anyone who is an Aam Aadmi has no compunction of building a house Sheesh Mahal. Around 50 crores is the figure cited. The full facts will emerge. I was in Patiala campaigning for Preneet Kaur and I told her that the Moti Mahal palace of her is not a patch compared to the Sheesh Mahal. Sheesh Mahal has an opulence about it," Puri said.

In reaction to Delhi Minister Atishi's claim that the BJP has stopped the Yamuna water supply to Delhi in its bid to target the ruling party by creating a water crisis in the national capital, Puri questioned, "Under whose control is the Delhi Jal Board? With you or us?"

Puri also claimed that getting Kejriwal's approval for various projects by the Centre has slowed done the urban development process in Delhi. "Kejriwal has been a hindrance. Getting his approval has slowed down the process (of urban transport in Delhi). When we have the BJP government at the Centre which we will have on June 4 and when we have it in the state, Metro and RRTS will grow even faster...," Puri said.

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