Sisodia defends apology spree, says get together needs to spend time working for individuals and never in courts

NEW DELHI: Facing flak for apologising to leaders of rival parties who had filed defamation suits against him and other leaders, deputy chief minister on Monday said they are not interested in any “ego fight” and don‘t want to spend time in legal wrangling but in service of people.

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The remarks came after Delhi and Sisodia expressed regret to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal‘s son Amit Sibal for certain statements they made against them which had prompted the duo to file separate defamation suits.

“If someone is hurt by our remarks, we will apologise. We will not make it a fight of ego. We are here to work for people. We have not spared time for court, we have spared time for us so that we could fight for people,” Sisodia told reporters on the premises of Delhi Assembly.

Kejriwal had last week apologised to Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in drugs trade. The move had taken everyone by surprise, especially the AAP‘s Punjab unit.

The party‘s Punjab president Bhagwant Mann and its co-president Aman Arora had resigned from their posts in protest against Kejriwal‘s apology.

However, in a meeting on Sunday the party supremo attempted to pacify the party MLAs from the northern state to avert a split in the state unit.

Why back off meekly now, former AAP leader Anjali Damania asks Kejriwal

Former AAP leader Anjali Damania on Monday attacked Kejriwal, asking him why he had published a list of 20 “corrupt politicians” if he wanted to “back off meekly”.

She also rejected Kejriwal‘s contention that he wanted to focus on his strength in Delhi, after the AAP convenor, who was facing a string of defamation suits, apologised to leaders of rivals parties, including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, for his remarks against them.

“Ideally with a strong MLA force of 67 out of 70 MLAs, he should have entrusted the functioning of Delhi government to his trusted MLAs and fought each one of the cases and ensured victory in every single matter and punish these corrupt politicians,” he said.

Damania, once a key associate of Kejriwal, had accused Gadkari of irregularities in his Purti Group of companies.

Kejriwal went on to name Gadkari as the one of the most corrupt politicians in the country. Taking an objection to this, Gadkari had moved the court against Kejriwal for allegedly defaming him.

“It is extremely upsetting to see Arvind seeking apology from Gadkari despite concrete evidences given by me. Why on the earth had the AAP issued a list of 20 most corrupt politicians if they were to back off meekly?” Damania said.

Besides spear-heading the campaign against Gadkari, Damania had also contested against him from Nagpur in the Lok Sabha polls 2014.

She added that she still has 24 defamation cases against her and will fight them out till the end.

Damania had quit the party in 2015 at the time when the party was witnessing an ugly spat between Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on one side and Kejriwal on the other.

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