BJP should make Conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar party chairman: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) official Arvind Kejriwal have branded crook Sukesh Chandrashekhar a “star activist” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said the party should make him its national president.

Kejriwal said on Saturday that the BJP should make Chandrashekhar its party leader as he spoke the same language as the BJP.

In a press conference, Kejriwal said the BJP had brought Chandrashekhar into its fold as a star activist.

He said, “BJP demands my polygraph test and even Sukesh Chandrshekhar makes the same demand. They speak the same language. He is fully trained to join BJP now.”

Kejriwal’s comments come after a series of letters from Chandrashekhar in which he alleged that Kejriwal had asked him to raise funds for the party and that he had donated crores of rupees to AAP.

Kejriwal added, “I heard that Modi ji roadshows don’t attract crowds. They should bring Sukesh Chandrshekhar to these roadshows. He has so many stories about how he fooled people that the crowd will come just to watch and listen to his stories. In fact, he should be appointed National Chairman of BJP.”

In his last letter, Chandrashekhar claimed that Kejriwal asked him to raise Rs 500 crore for the party and imprisoned minister Satyendar Jain threatened him. The AAP denies these accusations.

What did Sukesh Chandrashekhar say?

Chandrashekhar wrote several letters to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, VK Saxena, accusing Kejriwal and Jain of bribery and extortion.

Chandrashekhar also claimed that he gave over Rs 50 crore to AAP who promised to appoint him Rajya Sabha and after that Kejriwal attended a dinner with Jain hosted by Chandrashekhar in 2016.

In a letter to Saxena, Chandrashekhar had alleged that Jain had extorted Rs 10 crore in 2019 for his “security” in the prison. He also alleged that Jain, along with former Tihar managing director Sandeep Goel, threatened him after his letter to LG became public. He also claimed to have filed another complaint with the LG detailing the corruption allegations against Kejriwal, Jain and another AAP minister, Kailash Gahlot.

Chandrashekhar alleged that Kejriwal forced him to bring “more than 20 people to contribute Rs 500 crore to his party”.

“If you think I’m the biggest ‘thug’ why did you accept Rs 50 crore from me,” he asked Kejriwal.

Chandrashekhar alleged that he gave more than Rs 50 crore to AAP, which promised to give Chandrashekhar a prominent position in the Southern Zone Party and also help him get appointed to Rajya Sabha after the expansion . He alleged that after his arrest in 2017 for ‘the two-leaf symbol corruption case‘, he was housed in Tihar prison and was visited by Jain, who held the portfolio of the ministry of jail several times, asking if he had disclosed anything related to his contribution to AAP to the investigative agency.

“Subsequently in 2019, I was again visited by Satyender Jain and his secretary and his close friend Sushil in jail, and asked me to pay him Rs two crore every month as protection money for to live safely in prison, and to get even basic facilities,” Chandrashekhar alleged.

Chandrashekhar claimed that Jain “asked me to pay Rs 1.50 crore to Jail DG Sandeep Goel who he claimed was a loyal associate of his. He forced me to pay and the full amount of Rs 10 crore within 2-3 months was extorted from me by constant pressure.” He added that all the money was collected in Kolkata through his associate.

“Therefore, a total amount of Rs 10 crore was paid to Satyender Jain and Rs 12.50 crore to DG Sandeep Goel prison,” the letter alleged, adding that Chandrashekhar informed the Law Enforcement Directorate. .

Goel was transferred from Tihar prison here, days after Chandrashekhar made the allegations, and the 1989 AGMUT cadre officer was jailed and asked to report to Police Headquarters (PHQ) for new orders. Sanjay Beniwal, an IPS officer from 1989, replaced him.

Political reactions to Sukesh Chandrashekhar’s letters

The BJP and AAP argued over Chandrashekhar’s letters. The BJP described it as another example of the AAP’s corruption and the AAP dismissed those letters and said it was yet another attempt by the BJP to smear its image, which it said , is already using investigative agencies to its advantage.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) and Delhi Police have several ongoing investigations against PAA leaders Manish Sisodia, Jain and Amanatullah Khan. The AAP alleges that agencies are being used by the BJP-led Union government to pressure the AAP.

The BJP has demanded a CBI investigation and lie detector test on Kejriwal and Jain following Chandrashekhar’s claims.

AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, had earlier alleged that the BJP had made a deal with “the crook sitting in Tihar”.

He will throw absurd allegations against Kejriwal every day and in return the BJP will help him with the case, he tweeted.

AAP Senior Chief Atishi alleged that after failures of ED, CBI, Income Tax, LG and Delhi Police, BJP turned to the “biggest con man” in the country to get help against the AAP.

Atishi said Chandrashekhar has become the BJP’s “star activist”. She claimed he would be released from jail ahead of the MCD polls in Delhi and Gujarat and rejoin the party. She further claimed that the BJP is afraid of losing the Gujarat and MCD polls, so they make baseless allegations against the AAP every day.

Ahead of the Gujarat elections, where the AAP has transformed the traditional bipolar electoral contest into a triangular one, and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the BJP is targeting the AAP’s own image.

Outlook reported earlier, “Over the past few months, the BJP has targeted frequent salvoes against Arvind Kejriwal’s government for its alleged corruption, first in Delhi’s excise policy and then in Delhi-related deals. Transportation Corporation (DTC).

“Political observers point out that attacking the AAP on the grounds of corruption is an effort to change the narratives of the new politics that Kejriwal brought with him through the Lokpal movement… Interestingly, the Kejriwal’s emergence as a leading political opponent also depended on his anti-corruption plank.

(With PTI inputs)

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