Bharatiya Janata Party attacks Arvind Kejriwal for defending Somnath Bharti

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 15 2014, 03:09am hrs
The Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for defending his Law Minister and challenging the order of a special CBI court which had indicted Somnath Bharati for tampering with evidence in a case of corruption.

"This shameless defence of Bharti by Arvind Kejriwal is shocking. We want Bharti to be immediately removed. He is not fit to be a minister. A person who has been indicted for impropriety and adopting illegal means in a case of corruption by the court itself cannot be allowed to be minister," said Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party President Vijay Goel.

"How can a Chief Minister exonerate a minister when he has been indicted by the court Does Kejriwal want to give out a message that his party leaders are above law If he does not agree with the court verdict, he should go to the court. But the argument given so far in defence of Bharti is unacceptable," Goel said.

"Bharti's presence poses a grave danger to the rule of law in Delhi and a man who has been indicted by the court in such a serious offence is unfit to honour the oath that he took as minister", BJP said.

Accusing AAP for its alliance with Congress whose alleged corruption was a key issue in assembly polls, Goel said "one should not be surprised by the defence of a corrupt minister by Arvind Kejriwal as he is an expert in taking U-turn and defending the corrupt in the name of 'aam aadmi'. He has not filed even a single complaint against any of the Congress leaders so far."

Goel charged most of the AAP leaders have mastered the art of doublespeak.

"They have taken houses, SUVs with VIP numbers and have said that they do not have proof of corruption against Congress. This clearly shows that it is Congress which is ruling Delhi through backdoor," He said.