New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is facing sedition charge, today said he is a "bigger patriot" than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that BJP does not want to upset PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti by arresting the "real traitors" in the JNU case.
"I have been booked for sedition. I have been raising voice in favour (of) Dalits, the backwards (Pichchdo) and the poor which is why I am an anti-national for them (BJP). My voice cannot be muzzled. I will continue to fight for them," Kejriwal said in a series of tweets. Kejriwal claimed that those who raised anti-India slogans at the varsity campus were from Kashmir.
"I am a bigger patriot than Modi ji. I ask why he has not yet arrested those who had raised slogans for the destruction of the country....because those who raised such slogans are from Kashmir and if they are arrested, Mehbooba Mufti will get angry. Our soldiers are being martyred everyday on the border. And Modi ji is saving the anti-national elements to form government in Kashmir," Kejriwal said, referring to the on-going talks between BJP and PDP to form government in Jammu (and) Kashmir following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Kejriwal, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury are among nine persons who have been booked on sedition charges yesterday by the Hyderabad Police.
An FIR has been registered against Rahul, Kejriwal, Yechury, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken, CPI leader D Raja, JD(U) Spokesperson KC Tyagi, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and JNU research scholar Umar Khalid on the order of a court based on a complaint filed by lawyer Janardhan Goud.
Kejriwal said Dalits are being denied justice and their voices are suppressed in the "dictatorial rule" of Modi. The Delhi Chief Minister was at Boha village of Ludhiana, where two Dalit youths Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2014. "Terror of Badals is all set to end after one year," Kejriwal said while addressing the youths' family.