Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continued to take potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he cannot act against the Gandhi family as they know his “secrets”.
Earlier, he had alleged nexus between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Modi over the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal in which kickbacks were allegedly paid when United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in office. He had also dared the Prime Minister to arrest the Congress president.
Sources- Gandhi family has some secrets of Modi ji. That's why Modi ji will never be able to act against any member of Gandhi family— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 8, 2016
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had on Saturday organised a demonstration here demanding the arrest of Sonia Gandhi who has been under fire after her name appeared in an Italian court’s judgement about AgustaWestland deal last month.
Questioning the progress of the investigation into the chopper deal, the AAP leader alleged that there had not been an “inch” of movement.
“Modi had said that the corrupt will be sent to jail. It has been two years and not a single person has been sent to jail,” he said.
AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Italian defence giant Finmeccanica, allegedly paid more than Rs 375 crore as bribe in a deal to supply the helicopters to the IAF.
The issue rocked Parliament after a Milan court convicted two Italian officials for bribing Indian officials and politicians to secure the Rs 3,727-crore contract in 2010. The deal was scrapped in 2014.
“The Italian court order also has names of Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, certain officers and Congressmen, but Modi is not able to gather enough courage to arrest Sonia Gandhi, to ask her even two questions, to interrogate her...I want to ask Modiji why are you scared of her?” Kejriwal said.
Although the Italian court did not indict any Indian politician, the BJP has sought to corner the Congress over references in the court documents to middlemen talking about “Signora Gandhi” - believed to be Congress president Sonia Gandhi - being the “driving force” behind the deal.
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said the wrongdoers in the case will be punished but former Union minister AK Antony, under whose watch the deal was scrapped, pointed out that it was the then UPA government that blacklisted the firm, a claim disputed by the NDA.
With inputs from Agencies