Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia accuses Centre of ‘saffronising’ Delhi Police

DELHI(PTI): In a scathing attack, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused the BJP-led central government of “saffronising” the Delhi Police, which has had frequent run-ins with the AAP government.

As the Arvind Kejriwal government completes one year, Sisodia said that Centre has resorted to “cheap tactics” to stop it from working through the Lt Governor, the police, the ACB and by wresting control over transfer & postings.

“There has been death of a six-year-old student at a private school, but no one has been arrested so far. A teacher of a government school was brutally beaten up. Besides, there have been several crimes of rapes and murder, but police is not arresting anyone,” Sisodia told PTI.
He said, instead, police is nabbing an AAP MLA who had a fight with his wife and another party legislator who had a quarrel with officers.
AAP’s one year saw arrest of six party MLAs in various cases including on charges of rioting, domestic violence and forgery.
“Khaki is being saffronised so much that it has never been done in any other state before. Delhi Police personnel have earned respect for khaki by sacrificing their lives, but Centre is saffronising the Delhi Police,” Sisodia alleged.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the biggest challenge for the AAP government is to “tackle the attitude” of the BJP-led central government.
“They (Centre) are taking revenge from the people of Delhi for not choosing BJP in the Assembly polls in Delhi which is shameful. They have snatched Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) from us in order scuttle efforts to make Delhi corruption-free.
“Centre also tried to control transfer and postings of bureaucrats and by doing this, they don’t want to allow us to work, even on women safety. LG is declaring our order null & void and they are threatening our officers not to follow the Delhi government’s order,” he said.
He alleged that Centre wants to control Delhi Police as it fears that if police is handed over to an elected government of Delhi, “several rackets including related to drugs” in the national capital will be smashed.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said that “since we have come to power, some people (from political parties) are having sleepless nights”.
The Deputy CM said that there is a prominent political outfit which doesn’t want the “experiment” of Aam Aadmi Party to succeed.
“They know that if AAP’s experiment succeeds, people of those states where they are in power will expect the same from them… they will do anything to defame and ruin us,” Sisodia said.
After CBI’s raid at the office of his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in December, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had slammed the Centre and said that the raid was conducted to target him.

Sisodia had also claimed that the raid at Rajendra Kumar’s office was aimed at sending message to officials “if they worked with Kejriwal honestly, they will be troubled”.