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Referring to the numerous attacks on party leaders, including himself, in the last few weeks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said in the coming days, the attacks were going to become more dangerous.
“We are fighting against forces which are extremely powerful. We cannot fight them with money alone. We have taken on big business houses and political parties. They are not going to keep quiet. In the coming days, the attacks are going to be more dangerous. I have come to know that they will stay quiet during the elections, but once the elections are over, the real attacks will begin,” Kejriwal said.
He was speaking at the India Islamic Cultural Centre at the launch of a book, Dehleez Par Dilli, co-written by AAP spokesperson Dilip Kumar Pandey.
Hours before leaving for Varanasi to take on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said the BJP would “do anything to come to power”.
Kejriwal pointed to the “sting operation” conducted by news portal Cobrapost. “To come to power, they are not going to spare anyone. I don’t understand why we do not realise this,” he said.
On contesting the elections against Modi from Varanasi, Kejriwal reiterated that the decision was not guided by any self-interest. “If I had to go to Parliament, I would have fought the elections from Delhi, I would not have gone to Varanasi,” he said.
Having attacked the media on earlier occasions, the former Delhi chief minister brought up the controversy surrounding the resignation of Qamar Waheed Naqvi as Editorial Director at India TV, in protest against an allegedly fixed interview of Modi.
“I am in touch with senior editors and they are scared… Yesterday, a senior editor resigned following the Aap Ki Adalat interview. The country is witnessing a huge churning,” Kejriwal said.
Talking about the atmosphere on which the story of Dehleez Par Dilli is based — the India Against Corruption movement — Kejriwal said, “No one had imagined the shape the agitation will take. Let alone us, even Digvijaya Singh had not imagined what will come out of the movement. The entire political establishment did not care about the aam aadmi. In those two years, we tried everything — from hunger strikes to demonstrations. People across the country took to the streets in large numbers but the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed then. But in the last one year, what is happening in this country is nothing less than a miracle.”