Arvind Kejriwal secures trust vote amid alleged BJP tactics

Kejriwal, emphasizing the necessity of the motion, refuted claims of defections within his party, attributing MLAs’ absenteeism to various reasons, including incarceration and illness.

In a high-stakes showdown in the Delhi Assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal emerged victorious as his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) clinched a trust vote, cementing its position as the primary contender against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The motion of confidence, tabled during the Budget session, saw 54 out of the AAP’s 62 MLAs present, underscoring the party’s solid support within the assembly.

During the proceedings, Kejriwal didn’t mince words, accusing the BJP of targeting the AAP due to its status as the ruling party’s most formidable adversary. With an eye on future elections, Kejriwal expressed the AAP’s ambition to “liberate” the country from the saffron party’s grip by the 2029 polls, despite acknowledging the BJP’s potential victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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The trust vote took center stage amidst allegations of BJP’s clandestine attempts to lure AAP MLAs and destabilize the government. Kejriwal, emphasizing the necessity of the motion, refuted claims of defections within his party, attributing MLAs’ absenteeism to various reasons, including incarceration and illness.

In a defiant stance against BJP’s tactics, Kejriwal asserted, “You may arrest me, but how will you finish Kejriwal’s thoughts?” He criticized BJP’s control over crucial departments and bureaucracy, alleging obstruction of his government’s welfare initiatives, notably in healthcare.

The discussion underscored the escalating political rivalry between the AAP and the BJP, with Kejriwal reaffirming his commitment to safeguarding his party’s interests against perceived threats from the ruling party. The chief minister condemned past attacks and intimidation tactics aimed at undermining his leadership and the AAP’s agenda.

Kejriwal’s exemption from physical appearance in court, following an Enforcement Directorate complaint, added a legal dimension to the political drama, highlighting the ongoing legal battles faced by the AAP leadership.

This marks the second time the Kejriwal government sought a trust vote in the 70-member Assembly, further highlighting the contentious nature of Delhi’s political landscape. With 62 MLAs in its fold, the AAP’s dominance in the assembly remains unchallenged, despite the BJP’s eight seats.