AAP steps up at­tack on Jait­ley, BJP hits back

Delhi CM seems to be­lieve in un­truth and defama­tion, says Jait­ley

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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.”


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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