Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal once said,
“Dr. Manmohan Singh is corrupt and have sheltered corrupt ministers in their cabinet.”
Well that was in 2012 while he was trying to assume power and now in 2019 as Delhi Chief Minister, over 50 lawmakers of his own ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi refused to provide the details of their assets and liabilities to Lokayukta on Monday.
Instead, the MLA’s sent their notice to Lokayukta which stated that the ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the matter.
The remaining MLAs were asked to file their replies by 27th February, however, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj reportedly and arrogantly said,
“No law demands the MLAs to submit details of their assets and liabilities to the Lokayukta”
Adding further, Bhardwaj said that the central government has to first make the filing of annual assets report compulsory under the provision of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act:
“The notice by Lokayukta to MLAs is malafide as it is guided by her tiff with Delhi government. The Lokayukta has misused her office and powers and we are protesting that misuse.”
Earlier in the month, Lokayukta Reva Khetrapal had asked the Delhi MLAs to send their replies regarding the submission of details of their assets and liabilities after a complaint was filed by an advocate and RTI activist Vivek Garg.
Incidentally, the same Aam Aadmi Party who has questioned everyone on their asset declaration, through the Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel wrote to the Lokayukta asking her to withdraw the notices to the MLAs. Goel claimed that they were not bound to declare their assets and liabilities as per Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013. Goel once again painted the complaint as being “politically motivated”, a stance AAP has always taken whenever things do not go in their favour.
The then India Against Corruption Leader, Kejriwal in 2012 had used utmost derogatory language against former Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dixit. While waving the flag of being the only non-corrupt entity, Kejriwal then said:
“Yes Sheila Dixit, we are trying to defame you. We will continue doing so against your government and your party till you indulge in corrupt activities. We are not scared. The common man is now on the streets (against the government decisions).”
“Anyone embroiled in corrupt practices will not be spared be it Sheila Dikshit, any Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member or even my own party member.”
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