Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today claimed that he answered all questions posed by BJP on excise policy and CVC report on classrooms and asked its chief JP Nadda when will the CBI investigate the “source of money for operation lotus” in Delhi.
Speaking to the Delhi assembly, Mr Sisodia also referred to the BJP as a ‘bacha chor’ party while referring to the arrest of a BJP corporal in an alleged child abduction case.
After CBI’s search of his lockers at a national Punjab bank in Ghaziabad was completed, Mr Sisodia addressed the gathering and said he had obtained a ‘net good’ from the federal agency of investigation.
He also asked Mr Nadda to respond when the CBI will launch an investigation into the corruption allegations against Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Mr. Sisodia claimed that money earned from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on food products such as curds, milk, lassi and honey was used by the Center to waive loans from his billionaire friends.
“We have answered all the questions from the opposition. We cannot answer the lies thrown by them. I want JP Nadda to answer my three questions when will the CBI investigate the GST on foodstuffs like curd, lassi; source of money for operation lotus and Rs 1400 crore money laundering by LG VK Saxena?” Mr. Sisodia asked the House.
The AAP accused Mr Saxena of pressuring two of his subordinates to get demonetized banknotes worth Rs 1,400 crore exchanged during his tenure as chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission in 2016 .
The House adjourned for the day until 11 a.m. Wednesday after Mr. Sisodia’s speech.
He also said fake news had been spread that property papers had been found in his locker during a CBI search.
“I received a voucher from CBI. The CBI people said they were happy with their investigation in which nothing was found, but they are under pressure to stop me. ‘worth Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 including my son’s ‘jhunjuna’ (a toy) was found in the locker by CBI,” he told the House.
Mr Sisodia and his wife were present as a four-member CBI team searched his locker at the National Bank of Punjab branch in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of the national capital.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader is among 15 individuals and entities named in an FIR registered by the agency in relation to alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Delhi government’s 2021-22 excise policy.
Vice President Rakhi Birla rallied all BJP MPs except opposition leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, who also left the room in protest at the outcry over the ‘baccha chor party’ remarks of Mr. Sisodia for the saffron party.
Mr Sisodia was referring to the arrest of the BJP corporal and seven others in connection with the recovery of a seven-month-old child who was stolen from a platform at Mathura Junction six days ago.
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