Taking on the Prime Minister yet again, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today claimed he stood like a “rock” against Narendra Modi’s “misdeeds” and alleged that the FIR linking his government to the multi-crore rupees water tanker scam was filed at the former’s behest.
Making a brief yet agressive statement to the media, Kejriwal dared Modi to lodge “as many FIRs and get as many CBI raids conducted against me as he can”, asserting such “coercive” methods would not “scare” him or the Aam Aadmi Party into silence.
The Delhi Chief Minister wondered why Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra was not being acted against, contrary to the pre-poll rhetoric of BJP. He also questioned the Centre’s “inaction” against Sonia in the AgustaWestland scam.
“I want to make one thing clear to Modiji that I am not Rahul Gandhi. I am not Sonia Gandhi who you will manage to pressurise. I am not Vadra with whom you will enter into a setting. I will die but won’t tolerate fraud.
“The question is why such raids and FIRs are directed against me? Because he (Modi) has managed to scare others using such tactics. I am the only person standing tall against his intimidatory tactics,” Kejriwal said.
His attack came a day after Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch Chief M K Meena said besides probing former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s role in the tanker scam, Kejriwal may also be quizzed for “sitting over” a report by an AAP government-ordered fact-finding committee that had found the alleged irregularities.
He said he will raise his voice against Modi “shielding” Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Anandiben Patel, who he alleged were involved in the Vyapam scandal, controversy over former IPL boss Lalit Modi’s immigration application and a land scam respectively.
“I will raise my voice if you help Vijay mallya flee the country with Rs 7,000 crore. If you open the defence sector to FDI jeopardising the country’s security, then I will raise my voice. If BJP leaders are seen siding with the killers of an honest officer MM Khan, then I will raise my voice,” he said.
“I am the only person, standing like a rock against the misdeeds of the Modi, which is he is not being able to digest…No CBI raid against Sonia or Rahul. Not an FIR against Vadra or Sonia. But they target me and that essentially means that Modiji you too acknowledge that your fight is directly against me,” he said.
Kejriwal claimed “an FIR was registered against me under the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” The FIR, however, does not mention either Kejriwal or Dikshit.
“He (Modi) had ordered a CBI raid on me six months ago. Now top officers are probing the case but they have not found a penny. The raid was fake and in a similar way the FIR is completely fake and nothing is going to come out of it,” he said.