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Water tanker scam: Kejriwal alleges Modi is scared of him

Kejriwal said the FIR was registered on Modi\'s direction and that he was not afraid of any probe by a central agency.

Published: 21st June 2016 05:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2016 09:09 PM   |  A+A-

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

NEW DELHI: A day after Anti Corruption Branch registered an FIR in the alleged 400-crore water tanker scam, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scared of me”.

Mentioning that the FIR is false and nothing will get out of it, Kejriwal questioned, “Why Modiji is conducting false CBI raids? PM has threatened all others through false FIRs and raids. He wants to break me down, but whatever he will do, I will be standing like a rock. Whenever there is a Dalit or a farmer will face atrocities, I will be standing with them.”

He further said, “Modiji, I am not a Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi that you can scare me. I am not a Robert Vadra that you can have a setting (secret deal) with me. The Modi government doesn't file cases against Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi or Vadra but it targets me. You can conduct as many raids and as many FIRs. I will die but will not tolerate fraud.”

“Why wasn't any CBI raid not ordered against Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. But FIR and raids are conducted against me. This indicates that even Modiji also believes that his fight is directly against me,” Kejriwal said.

A case was registered on Monday by Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in connection with the alleged Rs. 400-crore water tanker scam allegedly on then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Kejriwal.

The chief of the ACB, Mukesh Kumar Meena said two complaints related to the alleged scam include Dikshit and Kejriwal. Both will be questioned, said the police officer who reports to the central government.

Delhi BJP on Tuesday claimed the irregularities continued even during the Arvind Kejriwal government.

“Kejriwal government not only tried to save former chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the DJB water tanker scam but also permitted work by the same contractors who were working during her regime," Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay alleged.

In the meantime, BJP Lok Sabha member Maheish Girri on Tuesday broke his fast-unto-death outside Kejriwal’s residence.  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday evening reached the Civil Lines where Girri was sitting on a hunger strike and persuaded Girri “not to put his life at stake”.

Girri was protesting outside Kejriwal's residence since Sunday after the latter declined to join an open debate over his accusation that the BJP MP was involved in the murder of a New Delhi Municipal Council estate officer MM Khan.

The Home Minister offered Girri a glass of juice, which he drank to break his two-day fast.

Khan was shot dead in Jamia Nagar here on May 16 -- a day before he was expected to pass an order on the terms of the lease of The Connaught, a four-star hotel.

Kejriwal had reiterated his demand for the arrest of Girri and urged the Delhi Police to probe the relationship between Girri and hotelier Ramesh Kakkar, who ran The Connaught and is  the main accused in Khan's murder case.



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