Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday – speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2022 – stressed that the excise policy was scrapped in the national capital because “officers were threatened”. “There was nothing wrong with the excise policy. We took it back because officers were threatened,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief underlined.
The liquor policy in the national capital has been under scrutiny ever since Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended a probe by the CBI earlier this year. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been named as an accused in the case registered in the matte. “More than 800 probe agency officers have been working against Sisodia. Nothing has been found,” Kejriwal stressed. The Delhi Chief Minister has earlier targeted the BJP over the probe by the central probe agencies in the case. Both the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI have been probing the case.
On Saturday, Kejriwal further alleged that the Lieutenant Governor has been blocking the policies of the AAP. “This is against democracy. What do people want? They want better lives. This should not be done,” he said.
Ever since LG Saxena took charge, the ruling AAP in the national capital and the Centre have sparred over multiple issues, including Yoga classes among others.
Sisodia, whose house was searched by the CBI, even alleged that the BJP was trying to topple the elected government in the city after similar attempts were made in other states. He even said that he had got an offer from the BJP to switch sides.