AAP vs BJP over CBI raid at Manish Sisodia’s home in excise policy probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence and 21 other places over the excise policy row has invited have prompted blame trade between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While Manish Sisodia refuted the allegations against him, terming the raids as ‘harassment’, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari said the AAP was opening liquor shops everywhere.

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WHAT DID BJP SAY

Commenting on the CBI raids, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said, “They (AAP) were allowing the opening of liquor shops in every street. Now they made a U-turn on the liquor policy after the investigation started. ‘Delhiwalla’s khajana’ has been looted. This action could have been taken earlier, but the CBI has delayed it.”

“Daal mein kala hai, hisab kitab (checks and balances) has to be maintained on this,” he said.

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Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said, “Even before this, when your ministers went to jail on corruption charges, you did not sack them. The people and the country want answers. This corruption in liquor and contracts has come in front of the public and the country. The truth of Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal ji and Manish Sisodia ji have now come to the fore about how they have done scams.”

The union minister said the liquor policy was withdrawn from the day the investigation was handed over to the CBI.

WHAT DID AAP SAY

AAP MP Sanjay Singh said there was no action against Nirav Modi or Vyapam or Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board ghotala, but there was action against Sisodia.

“This CBI raid is a biased decision. Manish Sisodia will come out clean, they have done it earlier also and nothing has come out of these raids,” he said.

CHARGES AGAINST SISODIA

According to the report submitted to the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor VK Saxena, Sisodia allegedly made changes to the excise policy without the approval of the L-G, allowing a waiver of Rs. 144.36 crores on tendered licence fee on account of Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena had ordered a probe into the controversial Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 of the Arvind Kejriwal government based on a report from the Delhi Chief Secretary in accordance with Rule 57 of the ToBR 1993, which mandates the Chief Secretary to flag any deviation from laid down procedures to the Lt Governor and the chief minister.

DELHI LIQUOR POLICY SCAM

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced on Saturday (July 30), that the Delhi government’s ambitious new liquor policy (Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22) will be rolled back and that from August 1, only government-owned liquor vendors will be allowed to sell alcohol in the national capital. The development came amid a probe into the Delhi government’s excise department by the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW), due to alleged irregularities in the new liquor policy.

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