Mumbai: Aam Aadmi Party workers from here and neighbouring Thane district today protested against the CBI raid at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office building in Delhi, calling it a “blatant misuse” of the agency by Centre.
AAP workers gathered at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai and held a demonstration denouncing yesterday’s raid, saying the action is akin to “unannounced emergency”.
“It is clear now that (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley misled Parliament saying that the CM’s (Kejriwal’s) office was not raided. However, it is seen today that the CM’s office was indeed raided, all files examined and many files taken away by CBI,” AAP national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said.
Dismissing Jaitley’s claim, Kejriwal today uploaded image of a document listing the files allegedly taken away by CBI from Delhi Secretariat.
Menon said similar demonstrations were organised at various places in the city “to raise awareness on the conduct of the Central government”.
The raid by CBI on the office of Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with a corruption case had set off a bitter war of words between Kejriwal and the BJP. The CBI has denied that Kejriwal’s office, located in secretariat, was searched.
“This is a complete murder of democracy and the Aam Aadmi Party feels it is imperative for all persons who value their freedom to protest against this unannounced emergency,” Menon said.
The protest was jointly led by Menon and Ashutosh Sengar, joint in-charge of the party’s Maharashtra unit.