NEW DELHI: Furious over the recent CBI raid on his Principal Secretary’s office, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation and alleged the searches were carried out solely to protect Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
He dared the PM to act against Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. “I seek the PM’s resignation for conducting such a flop raid and for misusing the CBI. If he uses the CBI to get any file, the country will have no democracy left. Tomorrow there can be raids on any CM. This is dangerous for the country’s federal structure,” Kejriwal said, speaking in the State Assembly.
He had called a special session of the Delhi Assembly to discuss alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the CBI raid. “Memory of losing Assembly elections in Delhi still haunts the PM and his blood boils hearing my name,” he claimed. Terming December 15, when the CBI raided his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office, a black day, he alleged the investigating agency was looking for files containing notes on the DDCA scam. “A DDCA whistleblower used to meet me. That officer told me there was a meeting of DDCA officials, where Jaitley had told them not to worry about SFIO as he will get it compounded. Jaitley said he will ensure quashing of cases that come to Delhi police and, if AAP sets up a commission of inquiry, he will get it null and void through ‘our special man’ LG. It was written in that file,” Kejriwal alleged.
He said the PM should be ashamed of himself. “He is fulfilling his dreams now as earlier he did not get a visa. Delhi is all right whenever he is out of the city. Whenever he’s back, everything goes haywire,” he mocked. He said they had only asked the PM for cooperation. Before the House met, scores of BJP workers staged a protest.