Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) to arrest Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders of the party in connection with the controversial Rs 3,600 core AgustaWestland chopper deal.
He also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the issue and wondered why CBI raids have not been conducted against Congress leaders in connection with the case.
“I dare BJP 2 arrest Sonia ji n those cong leaders named in Italy court order n interrogate them (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday evening and went on to questions BJP’s “intentions”.
“ BJP’ll never do it. BJP’S intentions are bad. For five years, BJP will engage in political rhetoric. There is a strong relationship between Congress and BJP,” Kejriwal said in another tweeted.
BJP'll never do it. BJP की नीयत ख़राब है। देखना, 5 साल भाजपा केवल बयानबाज़ी करेगी। Cong/BJP में बहुत गहरा रिश्ता है(2/2— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 28, 2016
This is the first time Kejriwal has directly named the Congress chief since the row erupted in Parliament. He had been demanding the arrest of “all Congress persons” involved in the murky deal.
Earlier in the day, the AAP chief asked whether those named in Italian court order should not be immediately arrested and interrogated.
“Why is the PM silent on Agusta? First BJP spared Vadra, now protecting entire Congress top brass in Agusta?” the Delhi chief minister said on Twitter, referring to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
In another tweet, the Delhi chief minister asked whether those named in Italian court order should not be immediately arrested and interrogated.
In December last year, CBI had raided the office of Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with an alleged corruption case. Kejriwal had then accused the PM of getting CBI raid conducted at Delhi Secretariat.
The controversial deal to buy VVIP choppers and the alleged bribes paid in clinching it have triggered a political storm after an Italian court “cited handwritten references” to Sonia, her political secretary Ahmed Patel and former Air Chief S P Tyagi by a middleman in a judgement that convicted the helicopter company’s chief executive.