Delhi to decide whether I am son or Terrorist?: Kejriwal’s tit-for-tat to BJP
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Delhi to decide whether I am son or Terrorist?: Kejriwal’s tit-for-tat to BJP

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In a tit-for-tat response to BJP leader Parvesh Verma, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi will decide whether I am their son or a Terrorist.

Arvind Kejriwal’s response was to the verbal assault by BJP Lok Sabha MP Parvesh Verma at a Delhi election rally in West Delhi last week in which he termed Kejriwal as a ‘terrorist’.

Addressing reporters at a brief but emotional press conference, an emotional Kejriwal asked Delhi's voters: "How have I become a terrorist? I've arranged for medicines... did so much for the needy. I've never thought of myself or my family... am ready to give my life for the nation".

"I am a diabetes patient. I take insulin four times a day. Doctors said no to my joining politics... they said I would not live," the Chief Minister said, also recounting his history of anti-corruption activism.

"If I wanted to... I could have gone abroad... so many of my friends and colleagues did. I gave up my job... does a terrorist do all this?' Mr Kejriwal, who graduated from the prestigious IIT-Kharagpur, asked, adding, "I leave this up to Delhi to decide... am I their son, their brother or a terrorist".

Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has written to Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer - who has yet to forward the complaint to the Election Commission - and demanded that an FIR (first information report) be registered against Mr Verma, who is already under investigation by the Election Commission for claiming Shaheen Bagh's anti-citizenship law protesters "will rape your sisters, daughters".

The shocking statement by the BJP leader is believed to have been made on January 25 while campaigning for Kailash Santhla in Madipur constituency. In a video of the incident Mr Verma can be seen warning voters "if Kejriwal returns, Shaheen-Bagh type of people will take over streets" and that this "has happened in Kashmir with Kashmiri Pandits"; a reference to the Pandits' mass exodus from Kashmir after a spate of terrorist attacks in the 1990s.

"I have worked hard for five years, day and night, for Delhi. I gave up everything for the people of Delhi. After entering politics I faced many challenges so that I can help people improve their lives... and, in return, the BJP is calling me a terrorist. I am very sad," Mr. Kejriwal tweeted yesterday.

In the speech, Parvesh Verma can be heard making controversial remarks: "We hear instances of Hindu women picked up by Muslim men... no action is taken as terrorists like Kejriwal are hidden everywhere," Mr Verma continues, asking voters, "Should we fight with Pakistan terrorists in Kashmir or with terrorists like Kejriwal?"

Addressing an election rally in Vikaspuri in North Delhi, Parvesh Verma declared protesters at Shaheen Bagh will be cleared in an hour if the BJP were to come to power and "within a month, we will not spare a single mosque built on government land".

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