Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Nitin Gadkari

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2018

In a note to the minister today, Mr Kejriwal admitted to "making unverified allegations" and added, "I have nothing personal against you".

Kejriwal, in his two separate apology letters, said he regretted making the remarks without any verification and accepted that they were based on "unfounded allegations". "Let us put the incident behind us and bring the court proceedings to a closure".

This comes days after Kejriwal apologized to SAD leader Bikram Majithia, risking his party's survival in Punjab.

Ms Damania joins the list of AAP leaders in Punjab who have gone public with their criticism of Mr Kejriwal for apologizing to people who have slapped defamation cases against the chief minister.

In 2014, Kejriwal had called Gadkari "one of the country's most corrupt politicians".

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Both Kejriwal and Gadkari filed a joint application seeking withdrawal of the defamation case in Delhi's Patiala House Court.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had levelled serious allegations against BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal's son Amit Sibal during an anti-graft campaign, has tendered unconditional apologies to them leading to judicial burial of two defamation cases against him.

Following the apology, the Aam Aadmi Party's Punjab unit openly revolted against Kejriwal and the party's state president Bhagwant Mann resigned from his post.

Kejriwal has drawn flak from within the party and outside for his step, but AAP leaders say it is a strategy by the legal team to shed court cases. The AAP leaders of Punjab revolted, but he succeeded in pacifying them by taking them into confidence on Sunday. Majithia had filed a criminal defamation case on May 20, 2016 against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Sanjay Singh (now a Rajya Sabha MP) and Ashish Khetan for falsely linking him to the drug trade and tarnishing his image. "For me welfare of Punjab's people is most important", Khaira had said. He wrote: "On 15.05.2013 at a Press Conference at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, I made certain statements against you and your father. All have been fast-tracked", say AAP leaders. "Everything is forgotten now, we will move ahead".

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