“Anti-national forces don’t want India to develop”: Kejriwal ahead of CBI date
16 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
"Some anti-national forces do not want India to develop. I want to tell these forces that the country will continue to progress," Kejriwal told reporters outside his residence.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister who will appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday in the excise policy case, has criticised the Centre, claiming that some anti-national elements do not want India to flourish.
“Some anti-national forces do not want India to develop. I want to tell these forces that the country will continue to progress,” Kejriwal told reporters outside his residence. Kejriwal held a high-level meeting with top leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday ahead of joining.
The meeting took place in Kejriwal’s home. Several Delhi ministers attended the meeting, including Atishi, Kailash Gahlot, Rajkumar Anand, Gopal Rai, and Imran Hussain. The meeting was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Maan and Punjab Assembly Speaker Sardar Kultar Singh Sandhwan. AAP MPs Raghav Chadha and ND Gupta, as well as Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, attended the meeting at Kejriwal’s apartment.
The meeting was called, according to reports, to discuss the next steps following Kejriwal’s questioning by the CBI on Sunday. The Delhi Chief Minister said on Sunday that if the BJP government gives the orders, the central agency will arrest him.
In a video message released on Sunday morning, Kejriwal said, “They (CBI) have called me today and I will definitely go. They are very powerful, they can send anyone to jail. If BJP has ordered CBI to arrest me, then CBI will obviously follow their instructions.”
He further said, “You (BJP) say that I am corrupt. I was a Commissioner in the Income Tax department, I could have earned crores if I wanted to. If Arvind Kejriwal is corrupt then there is no one in this world who is honest.”
Kejriwal will appear before the CBI on Sunday for questioning in connection with the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the Union Territory government. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann would accompany Kejriwal to the CBI office on Sunday morning.