Arvind Kejriwal Govt Wins Trust Vote In Delhi Assembly

Mumbai: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal won the trust vote moved by his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Assembly on Saturday.

“We’ve majority in…House but this confidence motion was needed because BJP was trying to poach AAP MLAs,” Kejriwal said.

The trust vote took place in response to a court summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to Kejriwal about investigations into a purported anomaly in the capital’s liquor excise policy. Notably, Kejriwal took part in the session digitally, justifying his physical absence with the importance of the trust vote.

With this win, Kejriwal’s administration has now requested and received a vote of confidence from the 70 Assembly members twice. With 62 seats, the AAP has a sizable majority compared to the BJP’s eight seats.

During the hearings, Kejriwal revealed claims that two AAP MLAs were allegedly paid ₹25 crore apiece by the BJP to defect, allegedly because of fears of his possible imprisonment and the government’s disintegration.

Kejriwal has been charged by the ED with willful non-cooperation; his explanations have been dismissed as “lame excuses,” and they have issued a warning against creating a precedent of non-compliance. Kejriwal responded by denouncing the summonses as politically motivated and illegitimate, claiming that their purpose was to obstruct his efforts to campaign for the election.

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