The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Saturday held nation-wide protests to demand the sacking of Arun Jaitley over alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when the Union finance minister was the chief of the cricket body.
Speaking to mediapersons, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey said, “Arun Jaitley’s DDCA scam has cheated the common man. The AAP has decided to organise a massive Jan Sabha on January 10 at Jantar Mantar against the DDCA scam and BJP’s decision to save the culprit. The party will reach out to the common man and expose BJP’s double standards on the issue of corruption.”
AAP has accused Jaitley of misusing his position to facilitate the scam, where crores were allegedly paid to shell companies floated under fake addresses and identities. The party claimed that companies and vendors were paid daily rental charges of Rs 16,900 for a laptop and Rs 3,000 for a printer.
Referring to the suspension of MP Kirti Azad from the BJP following his stand on the issue, AAP leader and spokesperson Ashutosh said, “It seems corruption is the core value of BJP’s ideology, because people attacking corruption are being suspended from the party after being accused of indulging in anti-party activities. The way BJP is saving its Kalmadi, people of this country are clear that BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin.”
“We sincerely hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will understand the public sentiment against corruption and sack Mr Jaitley from his cabinet to facilitate a free and fair probe,” said AAP’s Delhi state secretary Saurabh Bhardwaj.
The AAP leaders also hit back at Robert Vadra, who had criticised the government’s decision to exempt VIP vehicles from its odd-even policy to bring down vehicular pollution. They claimed that Vadra, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, was the “biggest hypocrite” and advised him not to comment on such initiatives.
“He is the biggest hypocrite and he is talking about hypocrisy. He should tell us what good or productive thing he has done for the society till now. Instead of commenting on the policy, it would be good if he makes any contribution to make the Delhi government’s initiative successful,” said Pandey.
On a social media post, Vadra had said, “Odd and Even ways !! Creating parallel lists of exemption is complete hypocrisy. If a law is implemented in the interest of the people, we all must adhere, and not be VIPs (sic).”