AAP leaders launched an all-out attack on the Finance Minister, demanding his removal from the post for a free and fair probe into embezzlement charges levelled against Jaitley during his tenure as DDCA chairperson
New Delhi: Delhi's ruling AAP yesterday once again accused Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of indulging in corruption in Delhi’s cricket body and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack him.
L to R: Aam Aadmi Party spokespersons Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai during a press conference in New Delhi yesterday, during which they lashed out at Arun Jaitley. Pic/PTI
"A free and fair probe cannot be done as long as Jaitley remains on the post," AAP leader Sanjay Singh told the media persons, adding, "So he should be removed."
Another AAP leader and cabinet minister Kapil Mishra, said, "Does Modiji have the courage to remove Arun Jaitley till he comes out clean? Can he do what Kejriwalji did to his tainted minister?"
The reference was to the public sacking by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of one of his ministers who he said had sought bribes. The AAP made a similar demand for Jaitley’s ouster at a press conference, saying widespread corruption took place when Jaitley headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for years.
"Jaitley is involved in the corruption in DDCA," AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said.
Yesterday’s allegations — an elaboration of what was spoken by AAP a day earlier — came two days after the CBI raided the office of the principal secretary to Kejriwal on charges of corruption.
Following which the Delhi Chief Minister alleged that CBI officials searched his room too and read files related to the DDCA whose affairs he had ordered to be probed. However, the investigating agency has denied entering Kejriwal’s room.
The AAP leaders have levelled a string of charges against Jaitley, who was the DDCA chairman from 1999 to 2013. Among these, they said a budget of Rs 24 crore was approved to construct a cricket stadium but Rs 114 crore was spent.
New Delhi: Hitting back at Arvind Kejriwal after allegations of a DDCA scam, Arun Jaitley yesterday said the Delhi CM believed in 'untruth and only falsehood'. He also accused Kejriwal of violating the federal structure of the constitution. “Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent fundamental right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood?
The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria,” Jaitley stated in a Facebook post, denying corruption charges levelled against him by the AAP and Congress with regard to DDCA. “The [Delhi] Cm raised two pleas. First, that it (CBI raid at Delhi secretariat) violates the federal structure of the constitution. In addition, he used unacceptable adjectives against the prime minister. Second, he questioned the purpose of the (CBI) search and tried to divert attention by linking it to the Delhi cricket body rather than alleged corruption of this official),” Jaitley added.
Party resolutely stands behind Jaitley: BJP
New Delhi: Staunchly defending Arun Jaitley, whose resignation has been sought by the AAP and Congress for alleged financial misappropriation in DDCA, BJP yesterday asserted that it “resolutely stands behind” the finance minister who has an “impeccable” political record. After AAP launched a sharp attack on Jaitley, BJP fielded Smriti Irani to mount a counter attack in which she described the charges as a “blasphemous and preposterous campaign bordering on political hysteria” being created to deflect the public attention from a “corrupt officer” working with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.