New Delhi: Corruption was the core value of the BJP’s ideology because people attacking corruption were being suspended from the party in the name of anti-party activity, AAP national spokesperson Ashutosh said on Saturday.
“The way the Bharatiya Janata Party is saving its ‘Kalmadi’, people of this country are clear that the BJP and the Congress are two faces of the same coin,” Ashutosh said at a press conference.
He was referring to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is embroiled in a row over alleged financial bungling in Delhi’s cricket board, and Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi who was also allegedly involved in corruption during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Hitting out at the BJP, he said party MP Kirti Azad, who fought a battle against corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for nine years, was first ignored, then humiliated and finally suspended from the party.
He said the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday organised a nationwide protest against Jaitley over his alleged involvement in financial irregularities in the DDCA. The AAP said the protest was organised in over 275 districts and 17 state capitals.
Ashutosh said that investigations have revealed that companies and vendors were paid Rs.16,900 per day by the DDCA for taking laptops on rent, Rs 3,000 were paid as daily rent for printers and “pooja thalis” were taken on rent for up to Rs 5,000 per day.
As a way of their protest, AAP volunteers from across the country on Saturday set up stalls to rent out their laptops and printers to the DDCA.
“We will organise a massive protest at Jantar Mantar on January 10 against Jaitley. It will be to expose the BJP’s corruption,” he added.
Jaitley has sued Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the AAP for linking him with the alleged corruption. The BJP has suspended Azad for campaigning against Jaitley on the same issue.