Last Updated: September 28, 2023, 19:35 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign if nothing comes of the CBI preliminary inquiry into the renovation of his bungalow. He said he “welcomes” the probe into alleged irregularities in the construction while asserting that “there is nothing wrong”.
The chief minister claimed that the CBI action shows that the prime minister is “nervous”. The central agency has registered a preliminary inquiry into alleged irregularities and misconduct by public servants of the Delhi government in connection with the construction of a new official residence for the CM.
“The prime minister is nervous. This shows his nervousness. The inquiry against me is nothing new. So far, inquiries have been conducted against me in more than 50 cases in the last eight years,” Kejriwal said.
He added: “It was said that Kejriwal committed scam in building schools, bus scam, liquor scam, road scam, water scam, electricity scam. I may have faced the maximum number of inquiries in the world. I welcome this new inquiry. Nothing was found in any case. Nothing will be found in this also. What will you get when there is nothing wrong?”
Earlier in the day, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari at a press conference said the CBI probe will disclose the facts related to the tendering process of the Delhi CM’s residence.
Kejriwal took a dig at the PM, saying he plays the game of “inquiry-inquiry for 24 hours or keeps giving speeches”. “…Just keep playing the game of inquiry-inquiry for 24 hours, or keep giving speeches. Don’t do any work. He wants me to bow down before him. But I am not going to bow down before them, even if they conduct as many fake inquiries as they want or file as many cases as they want,” he said.
He further said he is challenging Modi to resign if nothing is found in this inquiry as well. “I also challenge him – just as nothing was found in all the previous inquiries, similarly if nothing is found in this inquiry too, will he resign for making a false inquiry?” he asked.
(With PTI inputs)