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New Delhi: A visibly furious Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused the CBI of raiding his office in search of a file related to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, even as the latter said he did not need to respond to “rubbish”.

“Rajendra (Kumar) is an excuse, Kejriwal is the target,” he said, referring to the chief minister’s principal secretary who the CBI alleged was involved in corruption.

Responding to Kejriwal’s allegations against him, Jaitley said, “His (Arvind Kejriwal) morning statement appeared to be prima facie incorrect, but evening one seems to be absolute rubbish… And I don’t think I need to respond to rubbish.”

The Central Bureau of Investigation also denied raiding Kejriwal’s office.

But the visibly angry chief minister said the CBI was lying because its officers did search his office.

He said his office didn’t maintain files beyond 10-15 days old. “If they were looking for files of 2007-14 period, what were they looking for in my office?”

“If they were looking for files of 2007-14 period, what were they looking for in my office?”

The real reason for the raid, Kejriwal said, was a report of the commission that probed the affairs of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), which he alleged was a den of corruption.

Jaitley had been involved for a long time with the DDCA, he said.

“They wanted the file of DDCA… Jaitley figures in it. They came looking for that file,” he told reporters outside the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia where AAP leaders met earlier in the day.

He pointed out that Kumar had held senior positions in the departments of education, IT and VAT.

“If they were looking for proof of corruption, they should be looking for the concerned files in those departments.

“But I do not think the (CBI) action is to check (corrupt) contracts. If he had given out contracts wrongly, those departments should have been raided. The files (related to his alleged corruption) are there.”

Kejriwal said he was firmly opposed to corruption, and he would not mind sending his own son to jail if he indulged in corruption.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)