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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation for ordering the CBI to raid his office as the Delhi assembly passed a resolution to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly that the December 15 “flop” raid was meant to protect Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the affairs of the DDCA.

“CBI reports to PM. I demand PM’s resignation for the botched raid,” Kejriwal said in the assembly. 

“If the corruption was in the education department, then why did the CBI not go there? Why did they not go to VAT department?” Kejriwal asked, adding, “Rajendra Kumar was just an excuse, the real target was me.”

He said that Rajendra Kumar had been interrogated for more than 50 hours.

“A tea vendor (Modi) wore suit worth 1o lakh rupees. This officer (Rajendra Kumar) earns Rs 2 lakh monthly and they found 12 bottles of alcohol. Now media will run headlines that ‘Kejriwal protects corrupt babu,’ but can someone tell me where’s the corruption? I’m the only CM who sacked his own cabinet minister,” he said, adding, “My job is not just to sack a corrupt person, but my job is also to protect innocent.”

Meanwhile, tabling the resolution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that gross irregularities had taken place in the DDCA.

He said the Delhi assembly was concerned over the “massive corruption” in the cricket body.

“I urge that the Assembly to constitute an inquiry commission Under Rule 90 of 1953, Section 3,” Sisodia reportedly said at the special session.

Seeking a probe into the charges of corruption in the cricket body, Sisodia said, “Some media reports said that sports is not a state subject. But sports is a state subject,” adding, “In Delhi, when a young person tries to play cricket professionally, he has to face corruption. People are playing with future of talented cricketers.”

AAP MLA Alka Lamba spoke in favour of the motion and condemned the CBI raid on Kejriwal’s office.

Slamming Finance Minister and former DDCA president Arun Jaitley, Lamba sought a probe against him for alleged corruption in the association during his tenure i.e. 1999-2013 in the cricket body.

“I was in the Secretariat when the raid happened and CBI officials read each paper of the DDCA files and notes were read and inquired into,” Lamba said. (With inputs from agencies)

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.