Arvind Kejriwal likens AAP-BJP tussle to 'holy war' between Kauravas and Pandavas

Reacting to the arrest of its MLA Naresh Yadav on Sunday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said AAP-ruled Delhi was locked in a "holy war" with the central government, like the "Kauravas and Pandavas", and dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stall the state's development.

"He (Modi) could not digest his defeat. They have put all their agencies behind us but could not unearth a single act of corruption. It's a holy war akin to the war between Kauravas and Pandavas," Kejriwal said.

AAP workers block traffic in New Delhi to protest the arrest of party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Sunday. PTI

AAP workers block traffic in New Delhi to protest the arrest of party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Sunday. PTI

The AAP chief warned the Prime Minister that if he "does not stop putting spanners", then BJP will meet the same fate in Punjab, Goa and Gujarat "like it did in Delhi" where its strength was restricted to just three MLAs.

"Nripendra Mishra monitors all the files but has failed to find corruption. In the BRT corridor case, BJP even alleged that I pocketed Rs 15 crore, but failed to prove anything in this regard. I challenge Modiji to stop the development of Delhi. I challenge Narendra Modi to stop reforms being brought about by our education minister Manish Sisodia," he said.

Yadav's was the second arrest to rock the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday, coming just hours after its MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested after a woman accused him of trying to run her down. Kejriwal had taken to social media to blast the Centre in this regard.

In a statement, the AAP Delhi unit convener alleged, "Instead of worrying about the security of the common man, police are busy framing AAP MLAs in false cases. Instructions are being given directly by the Union Home Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office to police to target AAP leaders. One after the other, MLAs are being targeted to avenge the BJP's defeat in the Assembly elections."

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP unit chief accused AAP of having "anti-women character".

"This party has (an) anti-women character and is filled with criminal minded people who don't respect women," BJP Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay told PTI.

The BJP also demanded that Khan be booked for allegedly spreading communal disharmony with his "hate speech".

"His (Khan's) arrest has happened too late. In fact the Delhi police should arrest him for spreading communal disharmony and for his hate speech during a Urdu Academy function earlier this year," PTI quoted Upadhyay as saying.

Earlier in the month, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Delhi government's principal secretary to the chief minister, Rajendra Kumar, along with four other persons for misuse of power and position in granting favours to a private company.

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Updated Date: Jul 24, 2016 22:19:05 IST

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