Ahead of polls, BJP-AAP battle peaks over foreign fund charges; Shah calls Kejriwal 'shameless'

Atishi denies charges of illegally receiving foreign funds, calls it 'BJP conspiracy'

Untitled design - 1 Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah. (Right) AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal | PTI

With days left for Delhi to vote in the Lok Sabha elections, the war of words between AAP and BJP has intensified, with the former alleging 'BJP conspiracy' in the Enforcement Directorate's charges that the party received foreign funds. 

Stating that the party has transparently accepted donations, AAP leaders Atishi and Sandeep Pathak said the BJP has "brought a new conspiracy via the ED."

The Enforcement Directorate has written to the Union Home Ministry alleging the Aam Aadmi Party, which rules Delhi and Punjab, has received more than Rs 7 crore foreign funds in contravention of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), official sources said Monday.

The federal probe agency sent the communication after it recovered some documents and emails during a drugs-linked money laundering probe against former Punjab AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira and some others.

Atishi and Pathak alleged that the BJP was trying to rake up an old issue to target the party and claimed that more such allegations will crop up with elections nearing in Delhi. "The BJP can make as many allegations as they want. The people of Delhi and Punjab will answer these allegations. This is a matter of many years and the AAP has already given answers to the CBI, IT, ED and the ECI," the leaders said.

 "These are baseless allegations. It is an old case where it is already proved that no illegal donation was taken. As the elections are going on, the BJP has hatched a new conspiracy to frame the AAP. They failed to frame us in the liquor scam and the Swati Maliwal issue. They also failed to keep Kejriwal ji behind the bars. That's why they have racked up this new issue now to target AAP," Atishi alleged.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah sharpened his attack on AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, stating that he has "never seen a shameless person like Kejriwal, who doesn't resign even after going to jail".

In a series of posts on X, Amit Shah hit out at Kejriwal. "I have never seen a shameless person like Kejriwal. Laluji (Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav) went to jail after resigning due to corruption. Jayalalithaa went to jail after resigning and other ministers also went to jail after resigning. He is one such leader who went to jail but did not leave the post of Chief Minister."

While campaigning for BJP's party candidate Ramvir Singh Bidhuri at a public rally in South Delhi, Shah said: "Kejriwal ji, you are sitting on the chair after sticking Fevicol on it. BJP is going to win all seven seats on the 4th. This Fevicol will come off."

Attacking the Delhi government sarcastically, Shah said, "This Kejriwal government is a 3G government. The first G is for scams, the second G is for bribery, and the third G is for fraud. Kejriwal, who called himself a staunchly honest man, is today walking on the path of staunch dishonesty," Shah alleged. 


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