New Delhi: Following his apology to Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal may apologise to Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as well.
During the formative period of the Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal had held a press conference to accuse Gadkari, who used to be the chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party those days, of land grab.
Ostensibly in a bid to come to power in the national capital, Kejriwal had levelled a host of charges of corruption against the then chief minister Dikshit and her son Sandeep Dikshit who was then a parliamentarian representing the East Delhi constituency.
Kejriwal had, in 2016, alleged that Jaitley had masterminded several acts of misappropriation while at the helm of the Delhi and District Cricket Association.
All the three accused, on different occasions, dragged Kejriwal to courts of law for his libelous conduct.
Overall, Kejriwal faces more than 20 cases of defamation. Many of these cases mandate that he be present inside the court during every hearing. Sources in the AAP told Sirf News that a politician cum chief minister could ill-afford to spend so much of time in the courts.
Therefore, sources in the Delhi government said, Kejriwal would talk to Jaitley, Gadkari and Dikshit in turns to settle the terms of the apology to be tendered to each.
Saurabh Bhardwaj of the AAP told a television channel that his leader would apologise to every public figure offended by the allegations of Kejriwal.
During the election campaign of Punjab, Kejriwal, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan had delivered public speeches accusing Majithia, the brother of Harsimrat Kaur Badal and brother-in-law of then deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, of smuggling drugs into the State. The propaganda, which has now turned out to be Goebbelsian, had dented the image of the then Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government of Punjab. While the Indian National Congress led by Captain Amarinder Singh won that Assembly election, depriving the AAP of victory, the damaged impression of Majithia had cost the Akalis dearly.
Kejriwal on Thursday sought a written apology in an AAP letterhead addressed to Majithia. Majithia convened a press conference to announce Kejriwal’s apology and subsequently tweeted the news.