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Would have been in jail if I was guilty, says Kejriwal; Mishra retaliates by giving Dawood Ibrahim’s example

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal broke his silence yesterday, as he dismissed the corruption allegations leveled against him by Kapil Mishra.
Kapil Mishra (left) and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (right)

The problems for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal do not seem to end. On one hand, he’s involved in a legal battle against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and on the other hand, sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra continues to accuse Kejriwal of corruption. Mishra a few days back had said that Kejriwal is involved in a ‘hawala scam.’ The Delhi CM finally broke his silence yesterday at the Aam Aadmi Party convention in New Delhi, as he dismissed the corruption allegations leveled against him by Mishra. Kejriwal said, “I would have been in jail if there had been any truth in the allegations made against me.”

Also read: Kapil Mishra accuses Aam Aadmi Party and Kejriwal of involvement in a hawala scam?

Mishra reacting to Kejriwal’s statement, wrote in a Facebook post that, “Even Sheila Dixit, Kalmadi and Dawood Ibrahim are not in jail.” He also accused Kejriwal of giving no explanation concerning his relatives’ involvement in corruption and allegations of hawala against him. Mishra called this Kejriwal’s ‘new avatar.’

Addressing his party workers, Kejriwal yesterday said, “There has been a major attack against our campaign over the last few days. This is happy news because it means our opponents view us as the greatest threat to them.” Referring to Mishra, Kejriwal added, “It hurts a lot when your own people betray you.”

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Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

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Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

The MLAs, who are being led by Eknath Shinde, are currently staying at Guwahati in Assam. These MLAs are supposed to file their written replies by 5:30 pm on Monday (June 27).  If the MLAs are disqualified, Shinde will lose his legislator’s post and that, crucially, will see his revolt fail.

The Shiv Sena had moved the original notice against 12 rebel MLAs, including Shinde, late Thursday evening and added another four names on Friday.

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As Maharashtra political crisis intensifies, police impose section 144 in Mumbai

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 in Mumbai, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons.

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons. The prohibitory orders will remain in force till July 10.

Owing to escalating tensions between Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena and its internal rebel group, earlier in the day, the police in neighbouring Thane district, which is a bastion of Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde, imposed Section 144. The order in Thane will remain in force till June 30.

Also read: Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

Yesterday Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s key aide and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut issued a warning to the rebel MLAs, suggesting that they would have to face the fury of party workers after returning to Mumbai.

He said: “Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But the people’s patience is wearing thin. Right now, Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire.”

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Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

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The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, who are camping in Guwahati, on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Eknath Shinde

Even as Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is seeking disqualification of its rebel MLAs from the assembly, the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Keserkar said: “Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party.” Kesarkar has also hinted at a possible alliance with the BJP. “We have only two options remaining in Maharashtra; to go with either the NCP-Congress or the BJP, otherwise the government cannot be formed. However, the question of allying with the BJP will be decided by Eknath Shinde. Whatever decision he takes, we will support it.”

Meanwhile Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan said: “Until it gets legal authorisation from the speaker, such type of groups will not be authorized.”

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