Kejriwal apologises to Majithia for defaming him to win Punjab election

Kejriwal had called Majithia the kingpin of a 'drug mafia' during the AAP's campaign in Punjab; the allegation is believed to have become the main reason for the loss of the Akalis in the Assembly election although the AAP could not win that poll

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New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought a written apology from Shiromani Akali Dal leader Vikram Majithia for defaming the latter in the course of the Aam Aadmi Party’s election campaign in Punjab.

Out of the several occasions when Kejriwal had defamed Majithia was one in November 2016 where the AAP chief had said he would drag the Akali leader by the collar to jail.

At 6:49 PM on 15 March, Majithia tweeted the letter of apology from Kejriwal along with a statement:

Kejriwal had called Majithia the kingpin of a “drug mafia” during the AAP’s campaign in Punjab. The alleged drug menace in the State is believed to have brought down the SAD government although the AAP could not win that Assembly election.

Majithia organised a press conference on Thursday in Chandigarh where he produced the letter of apology from Kejriwal that he later tweeted as well.

Sources in the AAP say that the party and its leaders will now try to end all cases of defamation against them as the cases are costing them a lot of money against legal expenses. Further, the sources say, the cases are draining them out, taking a heavy toll on the time and energy of their leaders and volunteers.

In the sequence, Kejriwal’s apologies to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit are expected, too.

Last year, Kejriwal had sought an apology from BJP leader and former parliamentarian Avtar Singh Bhadana. The Delhi chief minister had said in the statement of apology that he had been misled by an associate.

Kejriwal’s letter of apology to Majithia, as reported by the latter, reads: “In the past, I made certain statements & allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drugs trade. These statements became a political issue,” Delhi CM in his letter to BS Majithia said. He further wrote, “Now I’ve learned that allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues.” He added, “I hereby withdraw all my statements & allegations made against you & apologize for them. The damage caused to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends, well-wishers, followed and the loss caused to you is regretted.”