The CBI arrived at Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence this morning over allegations linked to the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) authorities’s liquor coverage, withdrawn final month after a bitter row with the Centre. AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had predicted that the Centre would goal his deputy, mentioned “nothing had come out” in lots of earlier raids and nothing would.
Arvind Kejriwal mentioned the CBI raids are the results of the great efficiency of his ministers, appreciated globally.
“Welcome to CBI. Will cooperate totally. There have been many assessments/raids previously as nicely. Nothing got here out. nonetheless nothing will come out,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted, mentioning that the raids had been launched the identical day the New York Occasions front-paged Manish Sisodia over his training mannequin in Delhi.
That is the newest in a sequence of raids and arrests concentrating on opposition events.
AAP chief Raghav Chaddha mentioned the BJP’s chief goal is Arvind Kejriwal just because he had emerged as a substitute for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The one agenda of the BJP is to complete Kejriwal,” he added.
The CBI searches in opposition to AAP’s quantity two chief come simply two days after Mr Kejriwal introduced his plan to go nationwide with a “Make India No. 1” mission, a transfer that positions him as the primary challenger to the BJP and PM Modi within the 2024 common election.
“Arvind Kejriwal’s rise has given the PM sleepless nights,” mentioned AAP chief Sanjay Singh.
One other AAP minister, Satyendar Jain, has been in jail since his arrest in Might, weeks after the occasion gained the Punjab election, shocking events just like the Congress and the BJP.
Delhi liquor coverage
As we speak’s raids contain the brand new Delhi liquor coverage that was scrapped on July 30 after 9 months.
The Centre alleges that the AAP authorities violated guidelines whereas implementing the coverage that handed over the sale of liquor to non-public gamers, shutting down government-run shops.
Mr Sisodia mentioned the coverage was meant to sort out corruption and battle the highly effective liquor mafia.
AAP alleges that the BJP’s assaults escalated after its gorgeous victory within the Punjab election earlier this yr, which illustrated Mr Kejriwal’s “rising stature” within the nation.
“Earlier they used to say Modi vs who. After we gained Punjab, the identical individuals are saying, Modi vs Kejriwal,” Mr Chaddha mentioned.
“Mr Kerjiwal and AAP are rising as nationwide options. The quickest rising occasion in unbiased India is AAP and its chief is Kejriwal. The BJP and PM Modi are panicking.”
The BJP and AAP lately sparred over PM Modi’s taunt on political events promising freebies to win votes, what he described as “Revdi (sweets) tradition”.
Mr Kejriwal hit again saying schemes to profit those that need assistance can’t be termed as freebies.
The latest flashpoint earlier than the CBI raid centred on Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Union Minister Hardeep Puri’s tweets asserting properties for them within the capital.
The Delhi authorities accused the Centre of “secretly” attempting to present everlasting properties to the Rohingya within the capital. Alternatively, the Union Residence Ministry accused the AAP administration of dragging its ft on declaring the locality the place they reside a “detention centre”.
The Delhi authorities “is not going to permit” the conspiracy to illegally settle Rohingyas in Delhi,” Mr Sisodiya had declared.