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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Appeals MPs To Utilize Their Winter Season Well

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days

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Prime Minister Naredndra Modi on Monday appealed to all MPs at an all-party meeting to utilize the winter session of Parliament well as it will be the last full-fledged session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing an all-party meet at Parliament House a day before the session commences, Modi said the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures and was open to the opposition’s inputs for better working of Parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefed the media on what transpired in the meeting.

“The Prime Minister said that we all need to cooperate with each other on the issues of public interest. He underlined that in a democracy both the government and the opposition share their inputs for efficient governance,” Tomar said, quoting the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister also said that the government was ready to discuss all issues as per rules and procedures. If anybody wants to bring something to the government’s notice inside the House or even outside, we are open to it,” he added.

Tomar said that all the political parties present at the meeting have assured full cooperation in the smooth functioning of Parliament.

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Asked if the government was ready for a JPC probe in the Rafale fighter jets deal, he said the opposition had several issues including Rafale, farmers’ plight and economy “but they would have to prioritise things as the session was only four weeks long.

“These things can be settled in the Business Advisory Meetings,” he added.

The Minister said a legislation on Ram Mandir was “not the topic of today’s discussion”.

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“When something to this effect comes up, we will let you know,” he said.

He said the government had 46 items on the agenda including three ordinances, Supplementary Budget and government legislations.

The session would have 20 sittings spread over 29 days. (IANS)