Why is Modi protecting Sonia? Kejriwal leads protest over chopper deal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 07, 2016 19:58 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during a protest rally against the Modi government at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on May 7. (Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday accused the BJP and Congress of an “alliance in corruption” and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not have “enough courage” to arrest Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland scam.

Addressing a protest rally at Jantar Mantar on Saturday, Kejriwal also questioned the Congress’s silence over the issue of Modi’s alleged “fake” degrees.

This is the second time in as many days that the Delhi CM targeted the Modi government and the Congress over the chopper deal scam and the alleged fake degrees of Modi.

The two parties had a “setting” that the BJP government will not arrest Gandhi in the chopper scam and the Congress will not raise the matter of Modi’s educational qualification, Kejriwal said.

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AAP workers protesting at Jantar Mantar.

“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.

Kejriwal said the Modi government has failed to act against Congress President’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, for alleged irregularities in the land deal despite being in power for two years, and ruling the states of Haryana and Rajasthan. Kejriwal said while the CBI raided his office, it could not even interrogate Vadra.

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Kejriwal claimed that the details of Modi’s degrees were given to the AAP by Congress leaders from Gujarat, who were not “permitted” to raise the issue earlier by the Gandhi family.

Kejriwal said the country will continue to respect him if the Prime Minister accepted that his degree was “fake”, but people will not tolerate “fraud and forged degrees”.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with Aam Admi Party leaders Ashutosh (L), Sanjay Singh (third from left) and Kumar Vishwas (R) during a protest rally against Modi government at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on May 7. (Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)

The Delhi CM said his party MLAs were arrested over “trivial issues” and demanded that Modi should also be treated like former Delhi law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, who was arrested in an alleged fake degree row.

“He said in his affidavit that he did BA from DU and MA from Gujarat. I am not saying you need to be educated to be PM, people without degrees can also be talented....If he is 12th pass, we have no issues...if he says that the country would still respect him...but if he does cheating and fraud, forged degrees, country will not tolerate,” he said.

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