Kejriwal's attack on Modi disgraceful, should apologise: BJP
Prasad said when CBI recently arrested a Delhi government officer, Sanjay Pratap Singh, the AAP government had "owned it up" and highlighted its anti-corruption measures but it was now condemning CBI because the officer concerned was working with the chief minister. "It is double standards and hypocrisy," the BJP leader alleged.
"The way AAP is defending an officer facing serious charges raises questions. CBI should be allowed to work in a free and fair manner," he said.
With many political parties attacking the Centre over the raids and terming them a violation of federal structure, he noted that the CBI had raided the principal secretary of then Punjab chief minister when H D Devegowda was prime minister.
"Protecting corruption is not part of federal structure," he said.
On the Congress' charge that the government was not acting against BJP chief ministers, he claimed that the allegations against them lacked substance, accusing Congress of resorting to "lies" and changing issues every hour to disrupt Parliament.
Earlier in the day, a number of Union ministers and BJP leaders hit out at Kejriwal over his attack on Modi.
"It has become a fashion with him to quarrel with the central government and to take the name of the Prime Minister for each and every thing. The CBI does not function under the government," Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.
Naidu claimed that "unlike during the Congress regimes", the NDA Government does not "misuse" CBI and allows it to function independently.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed Kejriwal's reaction as "atrocious" and accused him of "protecting" the corrupt and engaging in "worst kind of politics".
Strongly objecting to Kejriwal calling Modi a "coward and psychopath", BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said it showed the Delhi chief minister's desperation to "protect an officer accused of corruption."
"Why this double standard? On the one hand he dismisses a minister accused of corruption and on the other hand he is protecting an officer charged with corruption. Why is he covering up corruption of some?" Sharma said.
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