‘No Regrets’, Says Arvind Kejriwal, On Calling PM ‘Psychopath’

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal said today he did not regret calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward and a psychopath” in his outburst on twitter as the CBI raided his offices earlier this month.

“I don’t regret anything. I accept I use bad language, I speak from the heart,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in an exclusive interview to NDTV. He added caustically: “The PM uses flowery language…but his actions are not good.”


He accused the ruling BJP of using all central agencies to target him and declared: “Kejriwal is not scared of the CBI, order any inquiry against me.”

Mr Kejriwal referred to PM Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore on Nawaz Sharif’s birthday last week to press home a point on what he said was incessant interference. “I appeal to you…we don’t want any fight. You can befriend Pakistan, yet you won’t let Arvind Kejriwal work,” he said.

Challenging the CBI to “send 100 officers to the Delhi Secretariat and look into every file in my office”, the Chief Minister insisted that the raid on his top officer Rajender Kumar was the cover for an attempt to look at a file that had details of alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Administration), which was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for 13 years till 2013.

“Mr Jaitley was repeatedly told many times about the corruption. He was president for 14 years and a scam took place on such a large scale. The moment we said there is corruption in the DDCA, Mr Jaitley filed a defamation suit against us.”

When it was pointed out that the finance minister was never formally named in the alleged DDCA scam, Mr Kejriwal said no investigation report had ever named anyone.

“It is almost like no one killed Jessica Lal. There was corruption, but ghosts did it,” he quipped.

Alleging deep-rooted corruption in the DDCA, he also claimed that a senior journalist told him his wife was asked by an official to “come at night” if they wanted their son to be in the Delhi cricket team. The journalist is ready to testify at an inquiry, Mr Kejriwal said, but offered no more proof.

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  1. The Indian press will not do its job of investigating whether Modi lacks the temperament for the office of prime ministership. It is common knowledge in Gujarat that Modi is a petty and vindictive man. Petty vindictiveness is incompatible with democratic principles and democratic functioning of government.

    “What should we expect from a Modi Sarkar? I predict: no quarter and no mercy.

    He will continue his tyrannical (I use the word in the classical sense) ways as he has in Gujarat.

    One of the things all Indians, including Modi voters, should be ashamed of is how we have allowed Modi to treat Rahul Sharma. This brave Indian Police Service, or IPS, officer tracked the movements of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) thugs who participated in the rioting. He did so by going to mobile phone operators and securing data from their signal towers to track cellphones. This is how we came to establish that Modi’s minister for women and child development, Maya Kodnani, was involved in the murder of 97 Gujaratis, among them 33 children and 32 women, in Naroda Patiya, Ahmedabad.

    Sharma should have been decorated for his initiative, but instead he is persecuted.

    Modi charged him under the Official Secrets Act for not handing over this data, instead giving it to a commission of inquiry. Why on earth would Sharma give such vital evidence to the people trying to conceal it? He acted correctly, courageously and patriotically. But Modi sees him as an implacable enemy and thus began an ordeal for Sharma, which has continued for over a decade.

    Last month, the media reported that Sharma “has filed three petitions in the CAT (Central Administrative Tribunal) alleging harassment by the state government and other superior officers to him stating that as he had submitted various crucial evidences before Justice Retd K.G. Nanavati (actually, G.T. Nanavati) and Akshay Mehta commissions probing 2002 riots indicting the government, he is being targeted.”

    “In one of the three petitions, he contended that the state government has issued charge sheet and held back his promotion with malafide intentions.”

    “On December 6 last year ahead of December 7—the day when the promotions were declared—he was charge sheeted for the case of a missing CD, which contains crucial records of 2002 riots,” he said in the petition.

    “Charges of fake signature were also made by the state government with malafide intentions to stop his promotion,” he alleged in the petition.

    “While serving as Rajkot DIG, Sharma was given six show-cause notices and 52 letters were sent to him alleging his misconduct as an officer.” Some notices, he says, “were issued giving frivolous reasons. One such reason was ‘giving cash awards’ to driver and other subordinates while another was doing spelling mistakes,” the second petition said.

    Yes, spelling mistakes. Let it not be said, as I have told you, that Modi is not petty or vindictive.”


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