The BJP and the Congress staged protests against the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Delhi on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following the arrest of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
Congress leaders and workers, led by Delhi unit president Anil Chaudhary, gathered near the AAP's office and raised slogans against Kejriwal and Sisodia. Delhi BJP's working president Virendra Sachdev questioned Kejriwal about Sisodia's arrest and demanded that the CM must resign on “moral grounds”.
AAP's second-in-command, Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday in connection with alleged irregularities in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy for 2021-22. Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in May last year in a money laundering case, resigned from the cabinet on Tuesday. Sisodia was sent to five-day custody of the CBI.
The BJP had termed the resignation of Sisodia and Jain from the Delhi cabinet a "victory of truth and that of the party workers". Pushing for the CM's resignation, the Congress said a fair probe would not be possible as long as Kejriwal remains in power.
Kejriwal has called a meeting of AAP MLAs and MCD councillors on Wednesday to discuss the party's strategies. According to sources, he has forwarded the names of AAP MLAs Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj to the Lieutenant Governor for their appointment to the Cabinet.