Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann during the releasing of 51-point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)
Amritsar: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday hit out at the ruling SAD-BJP combine, alleging they were feeling "jittery" as AAP would sweep the 2017 Punjab assembly polls and have stooped to hatch a "conspiracy" to defame the party.
Kejriwal, who released a youth manifesto, also quoted a survey claiming it showed that AAP would win 100 out of 117 assembly seats in the state polls.
"Seven months are left for Punjab polls and the Badals have started playing a dirty game. It becomes necessary to tell people how low the SAD-BJP government can stoop," he said addressing a public meeting in Amritsar this evening during his three-day tour to the state.
Referring to one of the arrested accused in the sacrilege incident in Malerkotla on June 24, the Delhi Chief Minister claimed that Punjab government (police) had earlier said he belonged to Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
"Punjab government had said Vijay Garg belonged to VHP. They continued to maintain that he belonged to VHP till July 1. But on July 2, they said he did it (act of sacrilege) at the behest of AAP. Why? Because Kejriwal was to visit Punjab on July 3," he said.
"All in Punjab know that AAP is going to win (polls) in the state and win with a good majority," he said, adding, "The Badal government is on its way out."
"Now they will indulge in such dirty tricks...a big conspiracy has been hatched and now they are trying to implicate AAP in this," he said.
Without naming any party, Mr Kejriwal said, "Everyone knows that there is only one party in entire India whose politics is based on religion. And to defame us, they have hatched this conspiracy."
"They threw ink on me, slapped me, but I remained silent. But I want to tell them that if you desecrate holy Guru Granth Sahib, holy Quran and other religious scriptures, then we will give them a befitting reply. People will not tolerate it. People will not tolerate this conspiracy," he said.
"I am pained that to defame us, they indulged in desecration of religious books. If they wanted to defame us, they could have done anything else," he said.
Punjab Police have booked AAP lawmaker Naresh Yadav in connection with the alleged sacrilege incident in Malerkotla.
"Who is Vijay? He is a puppet. When our AAP government is formed, we shall send those people to jail who were behind Vijay," he said.