After a high voltage drama outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over Rajya Sabha polls, the police today detained late AAP leader Santosh Koli’s mother Kalavati.
Kalavati was on a sit-in outside Kejriwal’s residence along with her supporters demanding Rajya Sabha ticket from the party. Kalavati and her supporters reached Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at about 11:30 am with a photograph of her deceased daughter, Santosh Koli.
She called various AAP MLAs seeking support for her nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat. The election to the Rajya Sabha will be held on January 16. Today was the last day for filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections.
“He (Arvind) stayed at my house and launched a campaign on my daughter’s death. Today, he is not allowing me to enter his house. Why has he given tickets to Sushil and Naveen Gupta. I have never seen them working for the party,” said Kalavati.
Kejriwal had left his residence minutes before Kalavati’s protest. She alleged that Kejriwal denied her ticket for the Rajya Sabha seat because she was a Dalit.
“He gave tickets to Guptas and I am a Dalit. He stayed at my place, ate in my plate. Was I not a Dalit at that time? Why this discrimination now,” she said.
A day after the AAP declared the candidates for the Rajya Sabha seats, former Delhi minister and MLA Kapil Mishra launched a campaign for Kalavati’s nomination.
Santosh Koli, an AAP leader had died in a road accident in year 2013. Kejriwal had launched a campaign against the then Sheila Dikshit government of the Congress claiming that Santosh Koli was murdered for standing against the corrupt.
Two days back, Aam Adami Party had declared three names for Rajya Sabha polls – Sanjay Singh, ND Gupta and Sushil Gupta – drawing flaks from several in the party.
Party leader Kumar Vishwas has openly criticised selection of both Guptas. The Congress and BJP also accused the party for ‘selling’ the Rajya Sabha seats.