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Kejriwal's silence on liquor scam betrayal of principles: Sidhu

News Agencies | Updated on: 2 January 2024, 8:41 IST
Arvind Kejriwal (left), Navjot Singh Sidhu (right) (File)

Chandigarh (Punjab): Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal for his "silence" in the Delhi liquor scam, saying that it is a betrayal of the principles Kejriwal advocated.

"My questions backed by facts and figures on the Delhi Liquor scam remain unanswered since Punjab Elections 2022...... your silence is a deafening betrayal of the principles you once advocated," Navjot Singh Sidhu posted on X.

Sidhu accused Kejriwal of having been morphed into a "master of evasion".

"@ArvindKejriwalji, the once vocal advocate for accountability has gone mute. Is it a confession of inconvenient truths ?? "The self-proclaimed RTI crusader has morphed into a master of evasion"...... Time for accountability and transparency !!!," Sidhu added in the post.

Sidhu also attacked him citing an old 'X' post of his. Kejriwal, earlier, wrote in an 'X' post, "As a patriot Indian, my head hangs in shame when our corrupt leaders do not appear before ED and CBI even after multiple summonses by the investigating agencies when they should have resigned from their post immediately as soon as the allegations were made."

Earlier in December, Kejriwal skipped ED summonses twice, which were issued to him in connection with the alleged excise policy scam.

As per official sources, Kejriwal is likely to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on January 3 in connection with the excise policy case.

On December 22, ED issued a third summons to CM Kejriwal in connection with the excise policy case, asking him to appear before the agency on January 3. Kejriwal was issued the second summons by the ED on December 18, asking him to depose at the federal agency's office on December 21, which the Chief Minister skipped.

The Delhi CM was first called by the central agency to appear on November 2, but he did not depose, alleging that the notice was "vague, motivated and unsustainable in law." Sidhu took a swipe at the Delhi CM, stating, "Practice what you preach".

"Practice what you preach ... face the ED music even if you don't like the tune ... resign from your post till you come clean like I did in Dec 2006," he wrote in a post on 'X'. Earlier in 2006, Sidhu (then BJP leader) had resigned from the post of Lok Sabha MP following his conviction in a case of death in a road rage involving him.


First published: 2 January 2024, 8:41 IST