AAP steps up attack on Jaitley, BJP hits back
Delhi CM seems to believe in untruth and defamation, says Jaitley
The big guns from AAP and BJP traded fire on Thursday amid a raging war of words between the parties over alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket association which, the former claims, deepened under finance minister Arun Jaitley’s watch.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal stepped up his attacks on Jaitley, demanding in a series of tweets that he either quit or be sacked from his post over the “very serious allegations”, even as the BJP resolutely backed its leader.
“Allegations against Jaitley ji r v v serious. Amounts involved r huge. He shud either resign or be removed to enable independent probe,” the CM tweeted.
At a press conference in the Capital, the Kejriwal- led AAP said large amounts were siphoned off through fake companies and there were irregularities in team selection when the DDCA was headed by Jaitley.
While the BJP and Jaitley pointed out that a probe by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office had cleared him when the UPA was in power, political commentators said the Kejriwal and his party were merely regurgitating charges that have been in the public domain for long.
In a Facebook post, Jaitley struck back at AAP leaders for making allegations of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association following a CBI raid at the office of chief minister Kejriwal’s principal secretary, saying “does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood.”
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Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent fundamental right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria.
ARUN JAITLEY, Union finance minister
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