New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, on Tuesday accused the government of going soft on the Gandhis while hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after being named in an FIR or police complaint on an alleged tanker scam.
“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,” Mr Kejriwal said.
“Modi has tried to intimidate people with raids, false cases and threats. But I am standing like a rock – I won’t bend, break or back off,” he added.
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’s watch. Mr Kejriwal was also named.
Yesterday, Mr Kejriwal said it was proof that PM Modi’s fight was with him. “You have asked (all investigating agencies to go after me. You conducted a CBI raid on me and got nothing. I welcome your FIR… I am glad that you have admitted that your fight is directly with me,” he said in a series of tweets.
The chief of the ACB, MK Meena, said two complaints related to the alleged scam include Ms Dikshit and Mr Kejriwal. Both will be questioned, said the police officer who reports to the central government. The “tanker scam” relates to allegations that between 2008 and 2011, the Congress government led by Sheila Dikshit bypassed the rules and caused losses worth crores while awarding tenders for water tankers at much higher rates to undeserving companies.
Sheila Dikshit was the chief minister of Delhi for three straight terms from 1998 to 2013, when Mr Kejriwal’s AAP won the election.