AAP pins hopes on court, blames Centre's hand behind controversy alleging assault on chief secretary
Isolated by their political opponents and a united bureaucracy, the Aam Aadmi Partys (AAP) top leadership has been in a huddle as the crisis in Delhi government deepens.
Party leaders told Mail Today that their only hope now remains with the judiciary as it awaits a hearing on the alleged midnight assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash.
Every time we have been wrongly implicated and the matter has reached the courts, we have managed to emerge untarnished. Although it is sad that once our party leaders are absolved of the charges, no one talks about it. Only the allegations against us are remembered, said a senior party functionary requesting anonymity.
While the official party spokespersons allege manipulation of the bureaucracy by the BJP-led Centre, the partys own MLAs and leadership are still trying to figure out an exact timeline of the incident late on Monday night at the chief ministers residence.
There are several unanswered questions in this entire episode. Why did the CS not file a police complaint immediately after leaving the CMs residence? He is seen walking out calmly and AAP leader Nitin Tyagi can be seen trailing him, requesting him to come back. If he were assaulted before, why would an MLA then plead with him? said an AAP MLA.
One of the AAP leaders, who was present at the meeting, added, The CS is supposed to be the boss of the entire city but he waits for an entire day before seeking medical attention to his injuries? We are in utter disbelief how the events of the night have played out. But for now, we are only hoping that the court delivers justice. Today the court refused to send AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan to two-day judicial custody but limited it to one day.
The party had already been battling the disqualification of its 20 MLAs on allegations of holding offices of profit and the present crisis has further worsened matters.
Twenty MLAs are already not working because of the disqualification, which we are fighting out in the high court, said one of the disqualified MLAs.
Now as the bureaucracy steps up attack on us, work is further hit. The Congress might say that during their regime work was done smoothly, but when did they try changing the system? Be it admissions in private schools through EWS category or putting a cap on their fees, free medicine scheme, mohalla clinics... all of these needed the system to change, the MLA added.