‘PM doing dirty politics, we’re doing good work‘

NEW DELHI: Pointing out that the had picked up “around related to the , including prescriptions given by doctors” and that the Anti-Corruption Bureau had “collected some random files from Delhi Jal Board”, Delhi chief minister Arvind , who holds charge of water in Delhi, claimed on Monday that there were attempts being made to frame him.

Kejriwal said that the attack on the AAP government by the BJP-led central government and PM had grown in intensity in the last three months because it had “outperformed all BJP state governments” and put these governments under public pressure. “Our work, which is being appreciated by everyone, has prompted people in BJP-ruled states to ask why their governments haven’t delivered development like AAP has,” Kejriwal said at a press conference. “So the Centre is using different agencies, the lieutenant governor and even IAS officers to cripple the AAP government.”

Kejriwal continued, “Since AAP came to power, the Centre has set CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and other agencies after us.” He noted that several cases were lodged against him and AAP ministers and but no arrests had been made. Releasing a list of 14 cases lodged by CBI and ACB, “most of them lodged on the complaints of the LG, BJP MLAs and lawyers associated with BJP”, Kejriwal dared PM Modi to get the ministers arrested before “getting more cases lodged against them”.

The combative CM argued, “They found nothing against any one of us, so they have now decided to obstruct the work of the government and cripple it,” He claimed that officers of the state government summoned by CBI were abused, threatened and asked to obstruct the work of the government. “Officers who hamper development work are given plum postings and those not doing so are shunted out,” Kejriwal alleged.

Charging the PM with negative politics, Kejriwal declared, “We opened 150 mohalla clinics and want to open 1,000. The PM should open 10 lakh mohalla clinics, but wants only to cripple our work.” He also cited the scheme for doorstep delivery of ration and said, “The LG asked us to take central government’s permission for it, but if we send the file to the Centre, the scheme will be killed.”

The LG’s office retorted that the ration file has been with the minister of civil supplies for three months. “It will be appropriate to expedite taking the proposal up with the Centre because such projects require the approval of the central government under the National Food Security Act, 2013,” the LG’s office said.

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