Kirti Azad: Just Want to Expose Corruption, This Is Not Personal
NEW DELHI: Ignoring warnings from his party, the BJP, former cricketer Kirti Azad has started a media conference, which, he said, is an expose “against corruption” in DDCA – the Delhi cricket body. “I just want to expose corruption, the accounts of it will be explained later. I repeat, this is not a personal or against one person. It is against corruption,” the lawmaker from Bihar said.
- “Let me start out by saying I’m a big fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his campaign against corruption… We are going to make an audio video presentation that WikiLeaks4India has produced,” Kirti Azad said at the media conference in Delhi.
- In a tweet, Mr Azad had earlier taken a dig at the Finance Minister, who had reportedly called him a “Trojan horse”. “Not a Trojan horse but Achilles heel; wait till I unmask the ‘behroopiya’ (chameleon),” Mr Azad tweeted.
- The former cricketer also refuted Mr Jaitley’s reported charge that he had met Sonia Gandhi with a plan to target him. “If someone (Mr Jaitley) is raising these allegations, he must know that four fingers will point back at him,” he said. “And the person who has said this — he himself has great relations with the Gandhis. Does that mean he is going about causing trouble?”
- Finance Minister Jaitley, who was headed DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of corruption by Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party.
- AAP has demanded that Mr Jaitley must resign or be “removed” from the union cabinet to enable an independent probe.
- Mr Jaitley has rejected the allegations, calling them a propaganda technique of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to deflect attention from CBI raid on an officer close to him.
- In a FAcebook post last week, Mr Jaitley also said, “The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), under the UPA regime, investigated and could not find a shred of evidence against me.”
- Mr Azad had promised to make more revelations at a media conference of his own after the AAP press conference on Thursday.
- Later, BJP chief Amit Shah reportedly met him and tried to dissuade him from making further allegations against Mr Jaitley “especially at a time when Delhi’s AAP government is targeting Mr Jaitley,” sources have told NDTV.
- Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has thrown his weight behind Mr Jaitley, saying he was “available for players in case of any difficulty”.