The CBI today sought clarifications from Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with preliminary enquiry against him in the Arvind Kejriwal government’s social media campaign Talk to AK. CBI has said that it was neither a raid nor search at premises of Sisodia, according to ANI report. Terming this as a raid, Aam Admi Party (AAP) has launched a scathing attack at the Centre. In a tweet, AAP said that while Delhi CM was busy inspecting hospitals, Centre is busy victimising its leaders. Media advisor to Sisodia, Arunoday Prakash claimed that the central government was using the caged parrot to victimise voices of dissent. If they think Manish Sisodia will get afraid and stop working for schools after CBI raids, they are mistaken, he tweeted.
Here are top 5 things you need to know about Talk to AK media campaign
1. Talk to AK was an interactive session held by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
2.The programme had started on July 17 in 2016. In the programme, people from across the country could ask him queries via phone, text message and social media.The Delhi government had launched a dedicated website–www.talktoak.com–through which people could directly put questions before him, according to PTI report.
3. On January 18 this year, the CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry against Sisodia and others in connection with alleged irregularities in Talk to AK programme. The PE was registered based on a complaint filed by the Vigilance Department of the Delhi government.
4. The complaint alleged that a consultant of a well-known public relations company was hired by the Delhi government to promote the programme. Apart from it, a proposal of Rs 1.5 crore was prepared for this purpose, according to PTI report.
5. According to complaint despite objections from the Principal Secretary, the government went ahead with the proposal and the consultant spent the money thereby creating a liability for the government. Official sources said the CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry to probe these allegations and is looking into the alleged role of Sisodia and others.
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Sisodia had then reacted sharply on the issue. “Welcome Modiji. Take the challenge. I will wait for your CBI at my home and office tomorrow morning,” he tweeted. CM Kejriwal had also taken to Twitter to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Wow Modiji! You take bribe and register cases against us. Steal and also be audacious about it,” he tweeted. “This is why I call you a coward. When you are losing Goa and Punjab, you have started the CBI game,” he wrote in another tweet. “It seems Modiji has lost it. Prime Minister of the country has only this to do. He is after us,” he said.
The programme attracted comparisons from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. However, Talk to AK was discontinued.