CBI raid at Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia residence New Delhi on Friday.
New Delhi Highlights: A day after his residence was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Saturday said the searches were not related to corruption but to stop the meteoric rise of Arvind Kejriwal. Hitting back at Sisodia hours later, the BJP said, “Ye rewdi ki sarkar bhi hai, aur bewde ke bhi (this is a government of freebies and drunkards).”
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In a press conference, Sisodia said, “Corruption is not what Prime Minister Narendra Modi is worried about. If that was the case, the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) would be probing the scams in Gujarat following the hooch tragedy. They would be investigating as to why the expressway that was inaugurated by the Prime Minister washed away barely five days since opening. The Centre is just worried about the meteoric rise of Arvind Kejriwal, who has shown in Punjab that people are yearning for a change.”
“Everyone has seen what they did in Maharashtra and Goa. And now that Arvind Kejriwal is doing such fantastic work in the field of healthcare and education, the Prime Minister is afraid of him. To date, people kept asking as to who would go up against PM Modi in 2024. I am declaring here, it will be Modi versus Kejriwal in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” he added.
Later, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “First they said the Delhi liquor policy is the best, and the moment it was investigated, they revoked it. The sale of liquor increased and revenue decreased by 80 per cent; how is it possible? If Sisodia said it was the best policy, then where did the revenue go?”
The CBI raids were in connection with its probe into alleged corruption in the rollout of the Delhi government’s now scrapped 2021-22 Delhi excise policy. Fifteen people, including Sisodia, figure in the CBI’s FIR.
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Incidentally, the CBI searches were conducted on the same day The New York Times published a frontpage report in its international edition on the AAP government's "overhaul of public schools in the capital of India".
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also welcomed the CBI searches, saying the party would fully cooperate. "On a day when the Delhi education model is praised and Manish Sisodia's picture is printed on the front page of America's largest newspaper, NYT, the Centre sends CBI to his house," he said.
In less than a month, more than 300 birds have been injured because of Chinese manjha and other accidents in Delhi, officials said Wednesday. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said they have rescued more than 277 birds in the last two weeks. Data released by the DFS shows a peak in cases of bird rescue calls, especially during Independence Day week.
According to officials, around 250-350 bird rescue calls are made every month. From August 9 to August 15, over 167 bird rescue calls were made in Delhi. During the same period last year, over 144 calls were made.
There’s a hike of 13% in distress calls in the city. Many birds are also in danger because of the weather and electrocution.