Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari apologising for the allegations made against him. There are also reports that Kejriwal has also apologised to senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
Expressing regrets for unverified allegations made against Gadkari, Kejriwal wrote, “I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same. Let us put the incident behind us and bring the court proceedings to a closure.”
Kejriwal’s letter added, “Both of us are in public life belonging to different political parties. I made certain statements, without regard to its verifiablity, which seem to have hurt you, and therefore, you’ve filed a defamation case against me. I have nothing personal against you, and I regret the same.”
This comes just days after the AAP supremo had apologised to former Punjab minister and Akali leader Bikram Majithia for alleging his involvement in the drug racket mafia. His apology to Majithia had come on the day a Special Task Force had told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there were sufficient evidence against the former Punjab minister to start a probe.
Kejriwal’s apology had evoked sharp reactions from his own party with several party leaders in Punjab including the leader of opposition, Sukhpal Khaira, slamming the Delhi chief minister. Fearing a split in the party, there were desperate attempts to pacify the angry legislators with at least 10 of them meeting Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in Delhi on Sunday night.
However, Khaira did not travel to Delhi to meet Kejriwal. Sources said that he was still angry with his party’s leadership on apology to Majithia.
There are also reports that Kejriwal will apologise to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in days to come. Both have filed defamation cases against him.