New Delhi, Feb 3: Arvind Kejriwal on Friday mounted a stinging offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of voting in Punjab and Goa assembly polls, calling him a "shameless dictator" and alleged that he was trying to get Aam Aadmi Party deregistered.
Questioning the timing of a reported move by the Income Tax department to recommend to the Election Commission to cancel AAP's political party status, the Delhi Chief Minister claimed that it is a "dirty trick" that the Prime Minister has used to avert the Bharatiya Janata Party's drubbing in the two states, which go to polls on Saturday.
"Modiji's dirty tricks. Losing badly in Goa and Punjab, he tries to de-register the winning party 24 hours before elections. Shameless dictator (sic)," the AAP's national convener said on Twitter.
The AAP is fancying its chances in Punjab, where it is faced with a triangular contest with the Congress and incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance. In Goa too, the AAP is hopeful of disturbing the ruling BJP's prospects.
According to media reports, the I-T department on Thursday had asked the EC to cancel AAP's status of a political party and a trust for allegedly filing "false and fabricated" audit reports on donations of more than Rs 27 crore.