Congressional Poll on Excise Policy

Congress on Tuesday attacked the Aam Aadmi party over alleged irregularities in Delhi’s excise policy, saying Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy should get Bharat Ratna if there is a new category of corruption.

Congress alleged that ‘Kejriwal and company’ had gone the distance from honesty and transparency to corruption in a very short time and asked the AAP official why he was not firing his tainted ministers.

Addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Anil Chaudhary said that in the first CBI FIR, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was recognized as “corrupt number one” and it is the AAP’s “hardcore” certificate. honesty”.

Congress increasingly targets AAP after Arvind Kejriwal’s party ousted him in Punjab and also threatened to make inroads in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where BJP and Congress dominated the scene politics so far. The party was routed in the last two assembly polls in Delhi which were swept by the AAP.

Slamming Kejriwal, Chaudhary said the chief minister, who raised questions about the excise policy of his predecessor and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, backtracked on his policy and found it to be correct.

“Will those who question the politics of Sheila Dikshit ji apologize to her today,” he asked.

Chaudhary said that if “a new category is created, which is unlikely, then Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia must get ‘Bharat Ratna’ in the corruption category”.

He took aim at Kejriwal’s recent remarks that Sisodia deserves the Bharat Ratna for improving the standard of education in schools, but is being harassed by the Center for political reasons.

“When the people of Delhi were fighting over oxygen cylinders and beds in hospitals during the Corona period, Kejriwal was working on liquor policy with the liquor mafia,” the head of the Congress unit told Delhi.

“What was the agreement between the Lieutenant Governor of BJP and the Chief Minister of Delhi for this liquor policy to be enacted,” he asked.

Congressman Ragini Nayak said the AAP should hold a press conference to explain to people whether their alcohol policy was good or not.

“If this is true, then why were they scared with the news of a CBI investigation? Why did they have to withdraw the policy which they claimed was beneficial to making a surplus of revenue in Delhi,” she said.

If the policy is wrong, why shouldn’t Sisodia be investigated, she asked.

She also asked that if there is an attempt to break the AAP government, why does it not reveal the phone number and name of those involved.

“Why doesn’t Arvind Kejriwal sack his corrupt ministers,” she said.

Chaudhary accused AAP of playing the “New York Times” card and talking about education and health policy when questions are raised about its alcohol policy.

He said it was Congress that started the fight against irregularities in excise policy.

“We have strong evidence of this. We first wanted to wake up this government, but when it didn’t wake up, we had to complain in writing to the commissioner of police,” Chaudhary said.

He also blamed the BJP for remaining silent in the face of allegations of corruption related to Delhi’s liquor policy.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had conducted searches in the case of Excise Policy 2021-22 on August 19 and covered the residence of Sisodia in Delhi, that of the IAS officer and former commissioner at Delhi Arava Gopi Krishna Excise and 19 other locations in seven states. and union territories.

Sisodia holds several portfolios in the Delhi government including that of excise and education

Delhi’s excise policy program has come under scrutiny after Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena last month recommended a CBI investigation into alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s excise policy. Delhi 2021-22. He also suspended 11 excise officials in the case.

The CBI investigation was recommended on the findings of Delhi Chief Secretary’s report filed in July showing prima facie violations of GNCTD Act 1991, Transaction of Business Rules (ToBR)-1993, Delhi Excise Act-2009 and Delhi Excise Rules-2010, officials said.

Officials said the report had shown prima facie violations, including “deliberate and gross procedural faults”, to provide “undue benefits to liquor licensees” after the bidding through the Politics.

It is also alleged that undue financial favors were given to liquor licensees after the tenders were awarded, which caused losses to the public purse.