Hours after the BJP launched what it called a “sarcastic operation” to claim the AAP government in Delhi had framed its alcohol policy to help a select few, Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia issued a statement. challenge to respond.
“The BJP should give this so-called sting to the CBI, which is anyway operating as an outside party agency. Over the next four days – until Monday – the CBI will arrest me if there is any any evidence of corruption in this ‘stitch’,” Mr. Sisodia replied to reporters’ questions. “If they don’t, it will be proof that this is an attempt to overthrow our government by the BJP. Just an attempt to be malicious against us.”
Manish Sisodia was raided by the CBI and charged after the Lieutenant Colonel Governor of Delhi ordered an investigation into the New Special Consumption Policy in July. That same month, the government of Arvind Kejriwal withdrew a policy that had been in effect since November last year and brought in private companies into the alcohol trade. The AAP says the policy is intended to increase revenue “but is directed by the central government of the BJP use Central Governor“.
The BJP said kickbacks are made for contracts.
In its latest reshoot today, the BJP showed a secretly recorded video in which a person – also named in the FIR – claimed that the Delhi government was deliberately preventing smaller players from follow their “custom” excise policy to help a few people. It also shared the video – not independently verified by NDTV – on Twitter.
– BJP (@ BJP4India) September 15, 2022
“Briberies from contractors were used for AAP polling campaigns in Goa and Punjab,” BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi alleged.
He highlighted how Arvind Kejriwal would tell people to “fake” the money-seekers illegally and “promise that he will act”.
He said the “stinging” video was made public and was not recorded by the BJP.
Manish Sisodia said in a press conference about an hour later: “The raids on my house and the bank lockers found nothing. I urge the CBI to investigate thoroughly.” He initially talked about the inefficiencies of the BJP-run city bodies in Delhi, but then questioned.
“They’ve tried CBI, ED, raid, checked my locker even… Now they have a new stinging video. I challenge BJP to submit this to CBI today and arrest. me on Monday”: Delhi Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) pic.twitter.com/pElAwh8mSL
– NDTV (@ndtv) September 15, 2022
He repeated accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “using central authorities to try and intimidate opposition parties”. “We have nothing to hide.”