With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal campaigning in Punjab, it was deputy CM Manish Sisodia who lashed out Monday against the CBI arrest of Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conspiring to paralyse the Delhi government.
Addressing a press conference, Sisodia said the BJP-ruled central government was scared of the AAP because of the response it had received in other states. “Modi ji nafrat aur gusse ki wajah se Delhi ko barbaad karna chahte hain (Modi ji wants wants to destroy Delhi due to hatred and anger),” said Sisodia,
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“There have been times when the Centre and Delhi have had governments of different parties and there have been times when the Centre and Delhi have had the same (parties leading) governments, but in the last 23 years never did the Centre stoop to a level which is the lowest of low. You must have seen the AAP rally in Punjab and success… There is positive response from Goa and Gujarat for AAP. The Centre is afraid now. Modi ji is hatching conspiracy to paralyse the Delhi government,” he added.
“Senior officers handling major projects for development of unauthorised colonies have been transferred to Andamans. Modi ji, even if you leave us with just peons, we will run the government with them,” he said.
Sisodia alleged Kumar’s arrest was part of the plan to hamper the CM’s office. “One attack was done through the CBI and two officials of CMO were arrested for an alleged scam, one official was transferred through the Home Ministry. The third attack was from ACB. The (water tanker) scam was done at the time of (former chief minister) Sheila Dikshit and the complainant, Water Minister Kapil Mishra, was interrogated. Delhi police were used and an MLA (Dinesh Mohaniya) was taken from a press conference.” Sisodia added, “See the timing. A survey comes in favour of AAP… Modi ji is taking revenge on people of Delhi for not voting in favour of BJP…”
He said in the case of alleged corruption by Kumar, the CBI had not been able to submit any evidence to even show the raid on his office was the right decision. “Yet, he has been arrested. Why now? Arrest him if he has done wrong… Centre has started a war against Delhi’s residents… People have elected us; we will work for them no matter what.”
Responding to a question on whether he would stand by Kumar, Sisodia replied, “We are saying from the first day that if Kumar has done wrong, he should be penalised. But we all know this is to target Kejriwal. We are still behind Kumar. Nothing has come out against him yet.” He added, “CBI sources said the CBI director refused to take action, saying there was nothing in this. An official in CBI who is considered close to Amit Shah God took the task. God save this country from the politics of hatred.”
Sisodia alluded the Centre was trying to hamper the AAP through bureaucrats and cited several transfers. He said 11 senior officers in charge of key projects had been transferred in the last two days. “DANICS (officers) can take a posting for two years outside Delhi… Sanjeev Ahuja who was in charge of unauthorised colonies, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Geetika Sharma, Sashi Kaushal, Sushil Singh, Sunil Kumar Singh, Manoj Kumar Dwiwedi have completed their tenure, yet they are sent outside Delhi. Delhi’s people will ask Modi ji why he does not want roads and sewerage in unauthorised colonies.”
He added, “… Today’s decision (on transfers) has been done without discussion in the JCA (joint cadre authority)… I want to know what is the emergency in these states where these officers are being transferred. Andaman has 24 DANICS posts and 23 are posted, but eight more have been transferred. Delhi has 309 DANICS posts and we have 165.”