Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that he had learnt from reliable sources that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia would be arrested in the coming days on the pretext of a “false case” and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrest all Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers and MLAs together and investigate them, expressing confidence that they would all come out unscathed at the end of it.
Delhi Health and Power Minister Satyendar Jain is currently under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money laundering case and is in ED custody till June 9.
“You will remember that I had told you some months ago that the central government will arrest Satyendar Jain in a false case. I had learnt this from very reliable sources. The same sources told me yesterday that the central government will arrest Sisodia too in the next few days. The central government has told all agencies to fabricate cases against Sisodia,” Kejriwal said at a press conference.
“My appeal to the PM with folded hands is that instead of picking us up one by one, please put all ministers and MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party in jail together. Tell all your agencies to do their investigation in one go. You arrest ministers one by one, this inconveniences the work being done for the public,” said Kejriwal.
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The Delhi chief minister praised Sisodia, calling him the “father of the education revolution in the country”, and said that he had given hope to not just Delhi students, but students all over the country. “He is probably the best education minister of independent India. Earlier, poor children would get third-class education in government schools. There are 18 lakh students in Delhi government schools. Their future was in darkness. Sisodia gave them a bright future,” he said. “Today I want to ask those 18 lakh students: Is your Manish Sisodia corrupt? I want to ask their parents: these people are calling your Manish Sisodia corrupt, what do you think?” Kejriwal asked.
Pointing out that Sisodia had “brought glory” to the country, Kejriwal asked, “Should such a person be arrested or should he be given the responsibility to fix school education in the whole country?”
“By putting people like Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia behind bars in false cases, they want to stop the good work that is being done in the fields of health and education in Delhi. But I won’t allow this to happen; the good work will continue,” the Delhi chief minister said. “If Manish and Satyendar are corrupt, then who is honest?”
He said Jain was working on building more mohalla clinics, water treatment, cleaning of the Yamuna etc. and added that all these projects will now slow down.
The CBI and the Income Tax Department had already investigated the case under which Jain had been arrested and found nothing, Kejriwal said. “Will the same case be probed by different agencies for years? Then when will we work for the people?” he said.
“Please arrest all of us together, put all agencies behind us, carry out all your raids together so that we can work after that. We don’t understand politics. Some people say it is being done due to elections in Himachal Pradesh. Some people say this is revenge for the Punjab election results. We don’t know what the reason is, but we are not scared of getting arrested. But just arrest us all together,” said Kejriwal.
The Delhi chief minister also referred to raids that were carried out in the past. “Five years ago, you had conducted raids on all of us, but nothing was found. More than 20 MLAs were arrested, but they were all let go by the courts. In all cases, the court reprimanded the investigating agencies. Today we tell people with pride that we got ‘imaandari ka certificate’ (certificate of honesty) from Modi. Now again, this jail game has started…Please do your raids. I am confident that once again, we will get the certificate of being the most honest and deshbhakt (patriotic) party from you,” Kejriwal said.
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