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Arvind Kejriwal evades question on Swati Maliwal's assault case

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Arvind Kejriwal and Akhilesh Yadav addressing a joint press conference in Lucknow

Arvind Kejriwal and Akhilesh Yadav addressing a joint press conference in Lucknow

Lucknow: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav addressed a joint press conference in Lucknow on Thursday.

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As the issue of the assault on Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal came up Kejriwal passed the microphone to Akhilesh who said, "There are more important things than this."

AAP MP Sanjay Singh who has so far issued statements on the alleged assault on Maliwal at Kejriwal's residence by CM's PA Bibhav Kumar said he will speak on the issue and then invoked Manipur, Prajwal Revanna, the protest of the wrestlers against former chief Wrestlist Federation of India Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Kejriwal later went on with his regular press conference and said the BJP wants to get more than 400 seats in the Lok Sabha polls as it wants to end reservation.

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Kejriwal also reiterated his claim that Home Minister Amit Shah will be made the next prime minister and Yogi Adiyanath will be removed as Uttar Pradesh chief minister if the BJP returns to power.

"The people of BJP have always been against reservation. They will change the Constitution and end reservation of SC/ST/OBC after coming to power," he said at a joint press conference along with Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav here.

Kejriwal claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a rule that anyone over 75 years of age will not be given any post in the government and the organisation and will be retired.

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L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were retired as per this rule and several BJP leaders, as per this rule, were removed or not given ticket.

"PM Modi is going to cross the age of 75 next year and has decided to make Amit Shah the prime minister of the country," Kejriwal said.

He claimed that Modi has been working to ensure the same.

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The leaders who could have caused a hindrance were sidelined. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh, Devendra Fadnvis and Manohar Lal Khattar have been finished, he asserted.

Kejriwal said Adityanath will be removed as Uttar Pradesh chief minister if the BJP again comes to power.

"There is only one person who could prove to be a thorn in the way of Amit Shah and that is Adityanath. They have now decided to remove Yogi Adityanath within two months if their government is formed," Kejriwal said.

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"They say the BJP is going to do something big after coming to power. The big thing they want to do is to end the reservation. We know their ecosystem -- RSS, BJP -- has been against reservation. I want to alert that they want more than 400 seats because they want to destroy the reservation made by B R Ambedkar," he claimed.

Kejriwal said trends coming from across the country show that the BJP is getting less than 220 seats. The seats of BJP in Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka, UP, Maharastra, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand are reducing and the party is not winning a single seat in Punjab, he claimed.

The SP chief claimed that BJP will win only 143 of the total 543 Lok Sabha seats.

"The BJP has been defeated in the first four phases. It was giving the slogan of winning 400 seats but is winning only 143 of the total 543 seats," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

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