Aam Aadmi Party says it has proof of raid at its Ahmedabad office after police deny claims
The raid took place as soon as party chief Arvind Kejriwal arrived in the city for poll campaigning, leaders of the AAP Gujarat unit claimed.
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said it is ready to keep all proof before the media regarding an alleged raid by the police at its office in Ahmedabad.
“We are ready to keep all proof before the media and expose the BJP,” Aam Aadmi Party leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said. “In Gujarat, without any warrant [police] enters anywhere, raids, and then says they didn’t do any raid.”
On Sunday, leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party in Gujarat had claimed that the state police raided its office in Ahmedabad for two hours and found nothing. The raids took place as soon as Kejriwal arrived in the city for poll campaigning, according to party leader Isudan Gadhvi.
However, Inspector PK Patel of Navrangpura police station said that no raids took place, PTI reported.
“After learning about Gadhvi’s tweet about the raid, I personally visited the party office on Sunday night and sought details,” he said. “But the party leaders present there, including one Yagnesh, did not give any details as to who came and what exactly happened as claimed by Gadhvi.”
Minutes after Gadhvi posted about the raid on Twitter, Kejriwal said that the Bharatiya Janata Party was scared of the “immense support” his party was receiving from Gujarat. Assembly elections in the state will take place in December.
“After Delhi, they have started raids in Gujarat too,” he said. “But, just like Delhi, they have not found anything in Gujarat.”
Kejriwal was referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation searching Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence and bank locker last month in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the Aam Aadmi Party government’s liquor policy.
On Monday, Bharadwaj claimed that the police were denying the raid because they did not find anything against the party at the office.
“Ahmedabad police denying raids makes it clear that the ruling BJP is completely rattled by AAP’s growing support in Gujarat,” he said. “AAP is currently number two party in Gujarat but will soon become number one and defeat the BJP in upcoming assembly polls.”
Assembly elections in Gujarat are slated to be held in December.