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AAP MP Swati Maliwal responds to Atishi's allegations: 'My character questioned by entire party'

Swati Maliwal alleged intimidation tactics by unnamed individuals, asserting, "This goon is threatening the party, if I get arrested, I will reveal all the secrets. That is why he is roaming around in Lucknow and everywhere seeking shelter."

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: May 18, 2024 4:01 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal addresses a gathering.

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal has reacted strongly to Atishi's recent accusation of being a BJP 'agent', stating that her character was questioned by the entire party. Speaking to X, Maliwal addressed the allegations, highlighting recent developments within the party. Responding to Atishi's claim, Maliwal stated, "The leaders who joined the party yesterday declared a 20-year-old worker as a BJP agent. Two days ago the party had accepted the truth in the PC and today it has taken a U-turn."

Maliwal suggested internal party dynamics were at play, implying pressure led to the questioning of her character, "Today, under his pressure, the party gave in and to save a goon, my character was questioned by the entire party."

Despite character assassination, Maliwal expressed determination, stating, "No problem, I have been fighting alone for the women of the entire country, I will fight for myself too. Do character assassination as much as possible, the truth will come out when the time comes."

AAP alleges BJP's conspiracy in assault case

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged that the Swati Maliwal assault case is part of a larger conspiracy orchestrated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to frame Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The party claimed that Maliwal, a member of the AAP in the Rajya Sabha, has been made the "face" of this conspiracy.

The AAP's accusations surfaced following the registration of an FIR against Bibhav Kumar, the personal assistant of Chief Minister Kejriwal, for allegedly assaulting Swati Maliwal at the CM's official residence. Maliwal had visited without an appointment to level allegations against Kejriwal.

Senior AAP leader Atishi highlighted discrepancies between Maliwal's claims in the FIR and a video that surfaced, contradicting her account. Atishi stated that the video showed Maliwal comfortably seated in the drawing room, challenging Maliwal's assertion that her clothes were torn during the alleged assault.

Atishi revealed that Kumar had also filed a complaint against Maliwal, alleging misconduct on her part during the incident. She claimed that Maliwal attempted to force her way into the residential section of the CM House after being informed of Kejriwal's unavailability for a meeting.

Atishi reiterated the party's stance that the entire incident was a BJP conspiracy, with Maliwal being used as a pawn to target Kejriwal. She alleged that the BJP had manipulated the situation to frame the Chief Minister, using Maliwal as a front.

Video evidence disputed claims

Atishi cited the video evidence as grounds for refuting Maliwal's allegations, suggesting that it revealed a different reality from what was described in the FIR. She emphasised that the video contradicted Maliwal's claims of physical assault and torn clothing.

Implications and response

The AAP's allegations of a BJP conspiracy add a new dimension to the unfolding Swati Maliwal assault case, indicating a deeper political undercurrent behind the incident. As investigations continue, the conflicting narratives and video evidence present a complex scenario, prompting further scrutiny and debate surrounding the matter.

Also read | 'Swati Maliwal's allegations baseless, conspiracy by BJP to frame Arvind Kejriwal,' claims AAP's Atishi

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