A day after the CBI raided his residence, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday claimed that the 2024 Lok Sabha polls will be a battle between Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, he alleged, was using all means to scare the AAP supremo.
Noting that the Delhi excise policy was implemented with complete transparency and there was no scam, Sisodia said they want to stop Arvind Kejriwal, whose work on education and health is being talked about in the world.
The CBI on Friday morning carried out searches at the residences of Sisodia and IAS officer Arava Gopi Krishna, apart from 19 other locations, after registering an FIR in connection with the alleged corruption in implementation of the Delhi excise policy, officials said.
“I want to thank the CBI for not causing any inconvenience to my family. They are good officers but they have orders from above to carry out raids,” he said during a media briefing.
Sisodia claimed that they were being targeted because their worry is Arvind Kejriwal, who has gained the love of the people of this country and has emerged as a “national option”.
“They are not concerned about any scam in the excise policy. They are scared of Kejriwal, who has gained the love of people, specially after the party’s victory in Punjab assembly elections. They want to stop the good work being done in education and health sectors. They first arrested Satyendar Jain, who was holding charge of the health portfolio and I will also be arrested in the next couple of days,” he claimed.
Sisodia termed the Excise Policy 2021-22 as the “best policy”, and said there was “no wrongdoing” in its implementation but a conspiracy to scare Kejriwal.
“This is not befitting of a prime minister who has got the people’s mandate. The difference between Kejriwal and Modi is that the former thinks about poor people and the latter thinks about his select friends. Kejriwal appreciates those who do good work but Modi only dreams of making state governments fall and using central agencies like CBI and ED to target those who are doing good,” he said.
Delhi Lt Governor V K Saxena last month recommended a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22. He had also suspended 11 excise officials in the matter. Sisodia had also demanded a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the policy.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the CBI raid at his junior colleague’s house is the result of their good performance which is being appreciated globally. He said there were CBI raids earlier too and nothing would come out this time as well.
Kejriwal tweeted, “The day Delhi’s Education model was appreciated and Manish Sisodia’s photo appeared on the front page of America’s biggest newspaper NYT, the Centre sent CBI at the residence of Manish. CBI is welcome. Will extend full cooperation. Earlier also there were raid and probe. Nothing came out. Nothing will come out now also.”
Talking about the front page New York Times article about Delhi’s education model, Sisodia had said it was due to the hard work of teachers in Delhi. (PTI)