Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal accused the Modi government of trying to ‘intimidate’ the AAP dispensation (File Photo)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise for ‘constantly troubling’ the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government after the Income Tax Department carried out raids on premises linked to his minister Kailash Gahlot.
Kejriwal accused the Modi government of trying to ‘intimidate’ the AAP dispensation by getting its leaders and ministers raided by central agencies.
The party party also termed the raid as ‘political vendetta’.
“Friendship with Nirav Modi and Mallya and raid on us? Modiji you conducted raids on me Satyendar and Manish what happened to those (raids). Nothing was found.
नीरव मोदी, माल्या से दोस्ती और हम पर रेड?
मोदी जी, आपने मुझ पे, सत्येन्द्र पे और मनीष पे भी तो रेड करवाई थीं? उनका क्या हुआ? कुछ मिला? नहीं मिला? तो अगली रेड करने के पहले दिल्ली वालों से उनकी चुनी सरकार को निरंतर परेशान करने के लिए माफ़ी तो माँग लीजिए? https://t.co/GUGEb0dwL5
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 10, 2018
“So before you go with another raid at least apologise to Delhi people for troubling their elected government,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
“It’s clear why Kailash Gahlot is facing Income Tax raids. Modi and (Amit) Shah want illegal and unconstitutional disqualification of 20 MLAs whose legal battle was being led by Gahlot. He also oversaw successful implementation of doorstep delivery scheme despite efforts to derail it by the BJP,” said AAP leader Atishi said.
Earlier in the day, the Income Tax Department conducted searches on multiple premises linked Delhi Transport Minister Gahlot in connection with an alleged tax evasion case. The searches were conducted as part of a tax evasion probe against two construction firms linked to the minister and others, officials said.
The Najafgarh MLA holds charge of several departments in the Kejriwal government.
(With inputs from PTI)