Kejriwal predicts more raids by Centre, says Sisodia is next

Kejriwal predicts more raids by Centre, says Sisodia is next

Chief Minister on Twitter claims learnt this from source in PMO

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said raids against his cabinet ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain were imminent as part of the Centre’s repeated attempts to create hurdles for the AAP government.

The fresh attack on the Centre by the Chief Minister came at a media briefing on the conclusion of  the 15-day odd-even road rationing plan where he said his sources had hinted that a conspiracy is being hatched to target the offices of his two ministers with the help of some officers.

“We are being troubled by the Centre from the day we came to power,” said Kejriwal, within two hours of a stinging tweet on the PMO.

His tweet earlier said: "PMO sources-Next raid on Manish or Satinder. Officers under them being pressurized to get something wrong signed from them (sic)."

He also threw a challenge at Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do whatever he can to trouble the AAP government which is set to mark its first year in office on Feb 14.

“No matter what you do Modiji, you cannot harm us as truth and God are with us,” said another Kejriwal tweet in Hindi.

The attack on the Centre almost coincided with his appreciation for the role played by Centre-controlled Delhi Police in making the Jan 1-15 odd-even traffic plan a success. 

Kejriwal’s claim about imminent raids follow a meeting between Delhi BJP leaders with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday to seek CBI raids into alleged irregularities in autorickshaw permit allocation and Public Distribution System. 

The Chief Minister’s fears of vendetta-driven CBI raids at the behest of the Modi government are linked to the probe agency’s day-long searches at the Delhi Secretariat a month ago.

While the CBI claimed the raids were directed at exposing alleged corruption involving Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, IAS, who is posted in the Chief Minister’s Office.

Kejriwal went public claiming that Kumar was just an excuse and the real target of the raid was he himself.

His caustic tweets in which he blamed Modi for raids on Kumar and use of words like “psychopath” for the Prime Minister saw the Opposition BJP demand an apology.

Kejriwal said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley used the CBI raid to hunt for files related to wrongdoings in the Delhi cricket body while he was at the helm of affairs in the DDCA.