Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who is facing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the Delhi excise policy, will be on a two-day Gujarat visit starting Monday, August 22, to “guarantee education and healthcare.”
The CBI has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 15 persons, including Sisodia, in the corruption case related to the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy. The Central agency, Friday, carried out searches at 31 places, which included premises related to Sisodia in Delhi as well as some bureaucrats and businessmen, in various cities.
“On Monday, Manishji and I will go to Gujarat for two days – to guarantee education and health. Like Delhi, Gujarat will also have good schools, good hospitals and Mohalla clinics. Everyone will get good education and good and free treatment. People will be relieved. We will also interact with youth,” Kejriwal tweeted earlier today. This will be the fifth visit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s national convener this month to Gujarat where Assembly elections are due in December this year.
The AAP announced names of its candidates for 19 seats so far. Kejriwal had earlier assured “guarantees” to people in Gujarat including free electricity up to 300 units in a month, free and quality education, a Rs 3,000 monthly unemployment allowance and a job to every youth in Gujarat if his party is voted to power. He also promised Rs 1,000 to all women above the age of 18 years.
Reacting to the CBI raids, AAP’s Gujarat president Gopal Italia stated that the raids and FIR were a fallout of a “massive support” the party has generated, especially in poll-bound Gujarat. “AAP has created a hope for parents all over the country, especially in Gujarat, through its model schools. Because we are gaining ground in Gujarat, the BJP top brass sent the CBI to Sisodia’s house. Each year dry state Gujarat reports hundreds of deaths from spurious liquor. In fact, illicit liquor worth Rs 20,000 crore is sold every year. There should be a CBI inquiry into this ,” Italia told reporters in Surat, Saturday.