He was replying to Punjab chief minister Charanjit Channi, who had written to Shah earlier in the day regarding serious allegations against Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party.
Channi drew Shah’s attention to a letter from the ‘legal advisor’ for the banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) .
“It has been mentioned in the letter that the SFJ has given support to AAP in the elections to the State Assembly in 2017 and similarly in these elections too, the SFJ has exhorted the electorate to vote for Aam Aadmi Party,” Channi wrote to Shah.
He also mentioned the allegations by AAP co-founder and Kejriwal’s one-time aide Kumar Vishwas, who had spoken of pro-Khalistan outfits being in regular touch with Kejriwal, and a purported conversation where Kejriwal spoke of being the leader in a separate state after cessation from India.
Shah in his reply also said that no one will be allowed to challenge India’s unity and integrity.
The controversy precipitated after Kumar Vishwas in an interview to a media outlet spoke of Kejriwal being in touch with pro-Khalistan outfits and holding meetings with them.
Kejriwal, however, hit back at rival parties and claimed that he stood only for development.
Calling himself a follower of Bhagat Singh, Kejriwal said he was a “sweet terrorist” who built schools and hospitals.
ये सारे भ्रष्टाचारी मुझे आतंकवादी बोल रहे हैंमैं दुनिया का पहला आतंकवादी हूँ जो लोगों के लिए स्कूल बनवाता है,अस्प… https://t.co/ol3NtNmfhU
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1645171376000
Punjab will vote on February 20 in single-phase polling, the campaigning for which ended on Friday evening.
The Congress, contesting with Charanjit Channi as the CM face, is trying to retain power, having won the 2017 elections under the leadership of now-estranged Amarinder Singh.
Singh has quit Congress after being replaced as chief minister, and floated his own party Punjab Lok Congress that has tied up with BJP and SAD (Sanyukt).
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is hoping to wrest power and has projected Bhagwant Mann as its CM face. The SAD has tied up with Mayawati’s BSP for the polls.