Congress chief Ajay Maken has requested the get together to not “support” and “show any sympathy” to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) within the Delhi liquor coverage case, as doing so would “confuse” the Congress cadre and “benefit” the BJP.
Mr Maken’s remark comes a day after Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge dialled Mr Kejriwal and mentioned the necessity for opposition unity to face the BJP within the nationwide election subsequent 12 months.
The Congress chief is alleged to have expressed solidarity with Mr Kejriwal on getting the CBI summons within the liquor coverage case, wherein the Delhi Chief Minister’s former deputy Manish Sisodia was arrested final month.
Mr Maken’s lengthy assertion on why the Congress ought to keep away from Mr Kejriwal’s issues is prone to make issues difficult amid the decision for opposition unity.
“I believe that individuals like Kejriwal and his associates who face serious corruption charges should not be shown any sympathy or support. The allegations of Liquorgate and Gheegate must be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty should be punished,” Mr Maken stated in a press release, referring to the liquor coverage case and an alleged code phrase – “15 gm ghee” for Rs 15 crore in money – utilized by jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekar in his communication with politicians and middlemen.
“It is important for all political leaders, including those from the Indian National Congress (INC), to recognize that the money gained through corrupt means by Kejriwal has been used against the Congress Party in several states, including Punjab, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi,” Mr Maken stated.
I imagine that people like Kejriwal and his associates who face critical corruption prices shouldn’t be proven any sympathy or assist.
The allegations of LiquorGate and GheeGate have to be totally investigated and people discovered responsible must be punished.
It is necessary for…
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) April 16, 2023
Mr Maken, who was Congress chief in 2015, continues to be smarting from the bitter defeat Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delivered to his get together within the Delhi election that 12 months. The Congress didn’t win a single seat in Delhi that 12 months after being in energy for 3 phrases.
“Kejriwal founded the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2013 with the aim of fighting corruption, following the Anna Hazare movement… Since 2015, Kejriwal and his party have failed to push for a stronger Lokpal bill. Instead, they have become known for their protests, marches, and counter-allegations only seeking more power. Now that CBI or Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Kejriwal, a stronger Lokpal bill instead could have investigated the Gheegate allegations,” Mr Maken stated.
“In conclusion, I appeal to capable advocates and senior working committee members, now steering committee members, to please refrain from representing Kejriwal or his government in court. While it is within their professional realm to represent anyone, doing so for Kejriwal’s government and associates sends the wrong message to our cadres and confuses them. It ultimately benefits the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by dividing Congress party votes,” Mr Maken stated, request legal professionals within the Congress to not assist Mr Kejriwal battle any authorized case.
Mr Kejriwal was questioned as a witness within the case which investigators stated concerned corruption in framing the coverage to profit a liquor foyer. He hasn’t been summoned for additional questioning by the central company up to now.
The excise coverage was cleared by the Delhi authorities after an inquiry was ordered by the then Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. The clearance got here after it had been deferred twice. The CBI desires to seek out out why, amongst different corruption allegations.
The Delhi authorities scrapped the brand new liquor coverage in July 2022, lower than a 12 months after it was launched, and reverted to the previous coverage.