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Manish Sisodia Claims Message From BJP: “Will Shut All Cases If..”

New Delhi: 

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in the crosshairs of the probe agency CBI in relation to liquor policy violations, today claimed that he got a message from the BJP asking him to leave the Aam Aadmi Party and join them to get all the CBI and Enforcement Directorate cases against him closed.

“I have received a message from the BJP — break AAP and join BJP. We will ensure that all cases by CBI and ED against you are shut,” Mr Sisodia tweeted.

Stressing that all cases against him are false, he challenged the BJP to do “whatever you want to do”.

“My reply to BJP — I am a descendant of Maharana Pratap and a Rajput. I am ready to get beheaded but can never bow down before conspirators and corrupt people. All the cases against me are false. Do whatever you want to do,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

The CBI recently raided the senior AAP leader in a case related to alleged irregularities and corruption in Delhi’s liquor policy which was introduced earlier this year and then rolled back.

Seemingly undeterred, Mr Sisodia had last week doubled down saying the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 was the “best” of its kind and would have earned ₹ 10,000 crore every year had the former lieutenant governor not been “asked” to change his decision at the last minute.

Earlier this month, the deputy chief minister had accused former LG Anil Baijal of changing his stand over the opening of liquor vends in unauthorised areas and claimed that it led to a loss of thousands of crores to the city government.

Backing his deputy, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal also slammed the BJP today. The BJP-led government is busy misusing probe agencies and plotting ways to bring down elected governments even as people suffer from skyrocketing inflation and a diving rupee, he said.

 

Mr Sisodia has alleged that the case against him has been cooked up because the BJP fears the popularity of the AAP. He has said that the 2024 general election is set to be a contest between Mr Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and accused the BJP of misusing central agencies to stop the AAP leader.

The CBI on Friday had carried out searches at 31 places including Mr Sisodia’s residence and the premises of some bureaucrats —  former Excise Commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna and two other Excise Department officials and businessmen.

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