On the occasion of his birthday today, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has conveyed his sentiments, expressing a deep yearning for his colleague, the former Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia.
Sisodia had been apprehended by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in February 2023, in relation to alleged irregularities linked to the conception and execution of Delhi’s recent excise policy. This policy had faced withdrawal amidst accusations of impropriety from the opposition parties. Presently, Sisodia is under judicial custody.
Arvind Kejriwal, in his post on X (formerly Twitter) mentioned that Sisodia is in jail in a “false case”. “Today is my birthday. Many people are sending their wishes. Thank you so much! But I miss Manish. He is in jail in a false case,” Kejriwal wrote.
He also urged everyone to take a vow to provide high quality education to every child born in India and stated that this step would make his former deputy Sisodia happy.
“Lets all take a pledge today – that we will do everything within our means to provide best quality education to every child born in India. That will lay the foundation for a strong India. That will help in realising our dream of making India no 1. That will also make Manish happy,” Kejriwal added.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court on August 4, declined interim relief for Sisodia in connection to the separate investigations conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) pertaining to the Delhi excise policy case. The court postponed the consideration of Sisodia’s interim bail petition to September 4. The request had been filed on the grounds of his wife’s ailing health.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to X to wish Delhi CM on his birthday. “Birthday wishes to Delhi CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal Ji. Praying for his long life and good health,” he wrote.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin wrote, “Birthday wishes to Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Thiru @ArvindKejriwal! May your year be filled with success and progress.”
Lt Governor V K Saxena, Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav are among the leaders who wished him on his birthday.