‘My Guptas vs your Modis’: Kejriwal targets Centre over PNB fraud in speech to Delhi traders, defends AAP’s Rajya Sabha picks

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New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2018 5:17:27 PM

Arvind Kejriwal also asked the central government to assure the people of the country whether their money in banks was safe or not. While maintaining that his party never indulged in the politics of caste, the Delhi CM said the Congress and BJP were against the Agrawal community.

arvind kejriwal, delhi, nirav modi, lalit modi, sushil gupta, nd gupta, rajya sabha, member of parliament, narendra modi, punjab national bankDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP and Congress were against the Agrawal community.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre as well as the Congress party for allegedly “insulting” the Agrawal community by questioning the Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to field two fresh faces — chartered accountant ND Gupta and educationist Sushil Gupta — to the Rajya Sabha. In a jibe at the BJP over the recent case of fraud involving the Punjab National Bank and billionaire diamond czar Nirav Modi, Kejriwal said that his party had two Guptas while the BJP had two Modis (Lalit and Nirav Modi).

“When we decided to send Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta to the Rajya Sabha, the BJP and Congress talked of Kejriwal’s 2G scam. They were referring to Aam Aadmi Party sending two Guptas to the Rajya Sabha. That was their problem,” Kejriwal said on Sunday.

Addressing an ‘Aabhar Samaroh’ organised in his honour by Delhi’s traders in the national capital, Kejriwal said that the problem that both parties had wasn’t with the candidates but instead with the community that these candidates belonged to. “You (BJP and Congress) liken the Agrawal community to thieves (2G)! The Congress and the BJP are against the community. Now let’s see if they come asking for money from this community,” Kejriwal said addressing a gathering of traders.

Kejriwal, however, said that the party never indulged in politics of caste and communalism and that the representatives they elected were the ones who have worked in their respective areas, are respected and capable of raising people’s issues. “You (BJP and Congress) have Lalit Modi, you have Nirav Modi,” the Delhi CM said training guns at successive governments at the Centre in an apparent reference to both managing to slip out of the country despite being accused of high-profile scams. Seeking to draw a comparison, Kejriwal said, “We have two Guptas. Now let people decide who is more honest.”

The Delhi CM, who shot to prominence on an anti-corruption plank, has been one of the most vocal critics of the Modi government at the Centre. He had however toned down his attacks, only to return with sharp attacks following reports of the Nirav Modi scam.

The past few days have seen Kejriwal take to Twitter to attack the BJP and the Prime Minister over the alleged Rs 11,400 crore fraud. Between February 15 and 17, 24 of the 35 tweets posted by Kejriwal have been pertaining to the scam. On the social media platform, the CM has sought to draw links between the BJP and Nirav Modi and also questioned how the accused managed to slip away without the Centre’s support.

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