Crack in AAP during Election; Kejriwal lashes out at Shazia Ilmi

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Varanasi, April 23: Arvind Kejriwal, the chief of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday, April 23 finally broke his silence over Shazia Ilmi's controversial remark on "secular Muslims."

Disapproving Ilmi's statement, Kejriwal said, "Do not approve of Shazia Ilmi's remarks. AAP does not practice politics of religion."

According to the 79-second video that went viral on the internet, Imli is seen interacting with Muslim leaders and asking them to be communal in the Lok Sabha elections. "You need to think of yourself and your community. Muslims need to be communal," she is seen saying in the video.

Do not approve of Ilmi's remarks. AAP doesn't practice politics of religion

However, defending herself against all criticism, Ilmi on Wednesday said, "I am shocked to see that a statement like this can be so distorted. I was speaking sarcastically."

"The point I was making was that the Muslim community for long has been used in the name of secularism by political parties," the AAP leader added.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia too had said, "Have seen Shazia Ilmi's video, she shouldn't have made these remarks." Now, with Kejriwal's latest remark on Ilmi, distances among leaders in AAP is clear.

Kejriwal's remark surfaced just after his roadshow in Varanasi. He also filed his nomination on Wednesday. He is contesting from Varanasi against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress candidate Ajay Rai.

Ilmi, with AAP ticket, is contesting from Noida, Uttar Pradesh. She is fighting against her brother Rasid Ilmi who filed his nomination from RK Puram as an Independent candidate.

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