MP Swati Maliwal Slams AAP’s Protest March Amid Assault Allegations

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 19th May. 
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal has voiced sharp criticism against her own party’s protest march, denouncing it as a defense of an accused individual rather than a pursuit of justice. Maliwal’s statement comes amidst a political storm surrounding her alleged assault, implicating a former personal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Maliwal, a former chief of the Delhi Commission for Women, took to social media platform X to express her dismay, juxtaposing the current protest with the fervent demonstrations that followed the infamous 2012 Delhi gangrape-murder. She lamented the shift from seeking justice for victims to shielding an accused, referring to the protest as a stark departure from the principles the party once stood for.

The controversy erupted following allegations that Bibhav Kumar, a close aide to Kejriwal and the primary suspect in Maliwal’s assault case, may have tampered with CCTV footage and erased crucial evidence. Delhi Police have since apprehended Kumar, who is now in custody. Maliwal’s accusations extend to the point of implicating senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who is currently serving time in connection with a separate legal matter.

Delhi Police’s investigation has escalated tensions between AAP and rival political factions, notably the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP leaders have condemned the incident as “shameful” and have called for swift action, urging Kejriwal to break his silence on the matter. Meanwhile, AAP has accused BJP of orchestrating a conspiracy against Maliwal, citing unrelated legal proceedings as evidence of political manipulation.

In response to the escalating confrontation, Kejriwal has announced plans for a protest march to the BJP headquarters, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of orchestrating a campaign to target AAP leaders. The animosity between the two parties has reached a boiling point, with each side trading accusations and rallying support.

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