AAP Kejriwal

1. AAP holds a day-long ‘mass fast’ in protest of Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest.
2. BJP stages counter-protest in Delhi dubbed “Sharab se Sheesh Mahal” against AAP.
3. Events mark heightened political tensions ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

New Delhi, April 07: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) staged a day-long ‘Samuhik Upwas’ or ‘mass fast’ on Sunday to protest the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In tandem, the BJP organized a counter-protest in Delhi named “Sharab se Sheesh Mahal” against the AAP.

At the forefront of this demonstration was the main event at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, commencing at 10 am, while similar protests unfolded in the capital cities of 25 Indian states, as well as in global metropolises like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Toronto, Melbourne, and London. Attendees included AAP MLAs, MPs, office bearers, along with party workers and supporters.

Delhi Minister Atishi passionately expressed the sentiment of the national capital’s populace towards Kejriwal, stating, “They don’t think of him as a CM but as their son or brother.”

She advocated for Kejriwal’s release, casting doubt on the investigations conducted by the BJP’s enforcement agencies, which she claims failed to unearth any evidence of a liquor scam involving AAP leaders.

Raising pertinent questions, she queried, “If there is any money trail in this issue, it’s from liquor trader Sharat Reddy to the BJP. Why has the BJP not been raided, or accused, why has the BJP’s National President not been summoned or arrested?”

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AAP leader Jasmine Shah echoed this sentiment, highlighting the event as a collective outcry against what they perceive as a dictatorial regime.

In response, the BJP organized a counter-protest, contesting the AAP’s ‘Samuhik Upwas’.

The arrest of Arvind Kejriwal on April 1, in connection with an alleged liquor policy case, fueled the flames of discontent, prompting these protests.

Looking ahead, Delhi gears up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, scheduled for the sixth phase on May 25, 2024.

These demonstrations underscore the charged political atmosphere in the capital, with parties vying for public support amidst escalating tensions.