‘Stop harassing my old and ailing parents’: Delhi CM Kejriwal tells PM Modi | India News

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday questioned the rationale behind what he perceives as targeting his elderly and ailing parents in the connection with Swati Maliwal assault case. Kejriwal voiced his concerns during a press briefing in the capital and claimed that his old and ailing parents were being targeted to “break” him.He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi by doing this has “crossed all limits”.
Expressing deep anguish, Kejriwal said that his mother is battling multiple ailments, while his father is grappling with hearing issues. “I have a message and appeal for PM Modi. You arrested my MLAs but I did not break. You arrested my minister but you could not make me bow. You arrested me and I was harassed in jail,” he said.
“But today you crossed all limits. To break me you targeted my old and ailing parents. My mother is suffering from multiple ailments. The day I was arrested (March 21), she had returned from hospital. My father is 85 years old and has hearing issues. Do you think my parents are guilty? Why are my parents being harassed? God will not forgive you,” Kejriwal, who was arrested in the Delhi excise policy-linked money laundering case, said.

This comes after the Delhi Police announced that it will not record the statement of the chief minister’s parents today in connection with the assault case involving Swati Maliwal, a Rajya Sabha MP from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Sources within the Delhi Police cited the need for further time to gather statements, highlighting the circumstances leading up to the incident.
Kejriwal, earlier in response, conveyed his readiness to cooperate with the authorities, expressing his uncertainty regarding the police’s forthcoming actions.
“I am waiting for the police with my parents and wife. Yesterday the police called my parents and asked for time for interrogation. But they have not given any information yet whether they will come or not,” the Delhi CM stated.
The AAP, in a show of solidarity with Kejriwal, has vehemently criticized the perceived targeting of his parents by the Delhi Police. Atishi, a prominent AAP leader and Delhi minister, condemned the actions as politically motivated and called upon the people of Delhi to respond through their votes.
“Has our PM stooped so low as to persecute elderly and ill parents? I don’t think politics in the country has ever sunk this low,” Atishi said.
Highlighting the frail health condition of Kejriwal’s parents, Atishi emphasized the gravity of the situation and appealed for public support.
The AAP leader further accused the Delhi Police of being aligned with the BJP’s political agenda, alleging a conspiracy orchestrated by the ruling party.
“The whole incident is a BJP conspiracy, and BJP should also be asked now because deals have been made with Swati Maliwal under which a whole conspiracy has been hatched,” Atishi said.
The case involving Swati Maliwal and Bibhav Kumar has garnered significant attention, with a Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the matter. Bibhav Kumar, who was arrested by the Delhi Police, has lodged a counter-complaint against Maliwal.
As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in Delhi remains charged, with ramifications likely to extend beyond the immediate context of the assault case.
(With inputs from agencies)

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