Arvind Kejriwal Attacks PM Modi, "...As If He Is Prime Minister Of Pakistan"

Arvind Kejriwal Attacks PM Modi, "...As If He Is Prime Minister Of Pakistan"

Arvind Kejriwal Attacks PM Modi, "...As If He Is Prime Minister Of Pakistan"(file image)

New Delhi: The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Monday attacked PM Modi, saying the way he treated state governments, he looked like the "prime minister of Pakistan". Mr Kejriwal referred to the recent standoff between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the centre over the CBI reaching the house of Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar to quiz him in ponzi scams.

Mr Kejriwal said, "I want to tell Modi that he is not the Prime Minister of his BJP alone but of the entire India. The way he treats state governments run by non-BJP parties looks as if he is the Prime Minister of Pakistan," as quoted by news agency IANS as saying.

The leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Mr Kejriwal had alleged that PM Modi had the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government seized by paramilitary forces.

"Now he sent 40 CBI officers to arrest Kolkata's Police Commissioner to send a message to the police and bureaucracy in all states that they should not be loyal to state governments but to the centre," he alleged.

The officers of the CBI, who reached Mr Kumar's house last week were whisked away by the police officers and temporarily detained. Ms Banerjee, who was Upset with the agency's action, sat on a protest that continued for three days. The Chief Minister of West Bengal was supported by a number of opposition leaders, alleging the centre was targetting state governments by using investigative agencies.

Today, the Chief Minister of Delhi had attended TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu's one-day fast over the demand of a special status to Andhra Pradesh. The AAP chief called the prime minister a "world famous liar".

"It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister and thousands of people from Andhra have to demonstrate here for special status for the state. This poses a big question on the country's federal structure," Mr Kejriwal said.

"The PM at least thrice publicly declared he would give special status to Andhra. He is world famous for lying. Whatever he says, he never fulfills. Even (BJP chief) Amit Shah says that whatever they say is nothing but 'jumla' (fake promise)," he said.

N Chandrababu Naidu-led-TDP had quit the NDA over denial of special status to the state.

Mr Naidu, at his protest made a reference to the famous "Raj Dharma" quote made by  former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to remind then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of his duty during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

"(Former PM) Atal Bihari Vajpayee said ''Raj Dharma'' was not followed in Gujarat (during the 2002 riots). Now, "Raj Dharma" is not being followed in the case of Andhra Pradesh. We have been denied what is rightfully ours. If you don't get it done, we know how to get it done," the 68-year-old Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Naidu was supported by the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Congress chairperson Farooq Abdullah, NCP's Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress's Derek O' Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.

(Inputs from news agency IANS)