New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday demanded Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation, saying he stands “thoroughly exposed” after Delhi High Court quashed a trial court order asking the CBI to return documents seized during raids at his principal secretary’s office.
Party leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said Kejriwal was clearly protecting corruption as he also referred to AAP’s defence of a Delhi minister who has been accused of being involved in corruption following a purported sting operation showing a man demanding Rs 30 lakh bribe allegedly on his behalf.
“He (Kejriwal) stands thoroughly exposed. The kind of drama he does to protect corruption has been revealed. He does not want CBI to hold an inquiry into the corruption case against his principal secretary and bring out the truth.
“He must apologise to the nation and should quit. We demand his resignation,” he said at a briefing at the party office.
Noting that Kejriwal had demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi quit after the trial court ordered return of documents to the Delhi government, Javadekar said high court had rejected the AAP leader’s claim about the seized documents.
“He came to power on the promise of providing corruption-free government in Delhi and has instead given the city its worst government,” he charged.
Referring to the criminal cases against and some AAP legislators and their arrest, he said never before had so many Delhi MLAs been in “police net” and alleged they were involved in “all kinds of lawlessness”.
Javadekar said that when CBI raided Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office on December 15, he became “very unsettled” and accused Modi of being behind it due to political vendetta. The chief minister had lost all sense of proportion, he said.
Kejriwal had called Modi a “psychopath and coward” following the raids.
“It is very clear that he is not protecting the dignity of his office and government but corruption,” the Union Minister said.
To protect the corrupt, he said, Kejriwal dragged DDCA and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley into controversy.
Javadekar, who is also party’s election in-charge for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, meanwhile, parried a query about BJP’s prospective allies in the state, saying such talks will gather pace after election dates are announced.