Taking a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the AAP Saturday will set up ‘Jaitley Shops’ across all state capitals and rent out laptops, printers and pooja thalis for Rs 16,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000. Continuing its protest against the alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) under Jaitley’s tenure as chief, the party is set to make a spectacle of the charges.
Calling it “a central government-approved, proper rate daily rental shop”, the tongue-in-cheek banners read, “Just 10 times higher than the market rate. We target service only”. The shops will also offer “other special service” such as “toilets (that) will be built on demand at between Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh”.
“This offer is applicable only for sports authorities under government”, read the banners that will be displayed at the shops. The banners will also read, “Accredited by Prime Minister for best corruption deal in 2015”.
In a press conference last week, the party – among other allegations – maintained that the DDCA had hired laptops, printers and pooja thalis on rent at exorbitant rates.
“…All we are saying is we want to raise money at least legally from renting out the same things at the same rates, considering DDCA has already been renting them at such exorbitant rates… Jaitley brazenly bungled funds in the DDCA and no action is being taken against him. Tomorrow, we will go out on the streets across the country rightfully demanding the same rates,” media in-charge of the party Deepak Bajpai told The Indian Express.
Sources said senior leaders, particularly the state in-charges, have set off for their respective states to lead the demonstrations. Party legislator and in-charge of seven southern states and union territories Somnath Bharti, said, “In all of South India, the ‘Jaitley Shops’ will be open not only in the state capitals but also district headquarters. The preparations are in place and we are all set. We hope the DDCA and Centre take notice .”
Volunteers are set to raise slogans against Jaitley. Keeping up their attack on him, the AAP will yet again seek his resignation. Protests will not be held in the capital, where the party plans to stage a massive demonstration on January 10.