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Court appearance of Arvind Kejriwal turns showoff-battle between AAP and SAD (Badal)

July 29, 2016 | By

Chandigarh/ Amritsar: The court appearance of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal in Amritsar today turned a showoff-run between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). Whereas a release from the Aam Aadmi Party maintains that people had gathered in large numbers outside the court complex to show their support for Arvind Kejriwal; a release by SAD (Badal) states that there was “spontaneous” gathering of youth in large number to express their support for Bikram Majithia.

Notably, Arvind Kejriwal is facing defamation accusations along with some other AAP leaders in a local court in Amritsar. The complaint against AAP leaders was filed by SAD (B) leader and Punjab minister Bikram Majithia for allegedly defaming his as a “drug lord”.

Bikram Majithia waives his hand towards his supporters

Bikram Majithia waives his hand towards his supporters

“A sea of humanity today descended at the district courts complex here to express its solidarity with Punjab Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for taking AAP Convenor and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to task and renaming him as Accused Arvind Kejriwal (AAK)”, reads a written statement issued by SAD (Badal).

A panorama view of gathering as released by SAD (Badal)

A panorama view of gathering as released by SAD (Badal)

The release further maintains that “more than 20,000 youth spontaneously” gathered in and around the court complex here with many more being stranded in traffic jams in various parts of the city.

“Mr Majithia, who found it even difficult to enter the court premises due to the mammoth youth gathering, registered his presence in the court of Additional chief judicial magistrate here and set the ball rolling to put Arvind Kejriwal in jail on criminal defamation charges”, reads the statement issued by SAD (Badal).

Bikram Majithia compared Arvind Kejriwal with Ali Baba and termed his MLAs as Ali Baba’s Chalis Chor Party.

A view of gathering of AAP supporters outside Amritsar Court

A view of gathering of AAP supporters outside Amritsar Court

On the other hand a statement by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) states: “Arvind Kejriwal today dared Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia to arrest him (Kejriwal) in the remaining six months of SAD’s tenure; otherwise he (Kejriwal) would arrest “Drug Lord” (Majithia) after six months”.

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Both parties, AAP and SAD (B), attempted to use the court appearance to showoff their “support-base” to create a public impression in their favour.



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