16 December, New Delhi
Congress Wednesday demanded resignation from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged financial irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) during his tenure as its president and impartial probe into the matter by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Addressing media conference in Parliament complex here this afternoon, party spokesman Ajay Maken accused the ruling BJP formation of spearheading a farcical vendetta and diabolically convenient mutual show being played with an aim to save Jaitley and his colleague office bearers of DDCA from speedy inquiry and due prosecution for the irregularities.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the party’s communication department chief Randeep Surjewala were also present at the news conference.
Hitting at another political adversary at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Maken said, “The CM had set up a panel to probe into the matter of DDCA and submit report within three days. The committee had submitted the report on November 14 but since then Kejriwal did nothing but is now demanding an inquiry commission probe the matter.
”However, the CM should be aware of the fact that NCR being a Union Territory, his demand of inquiry commission could not be granted, if he really meant action he could have lodged an FIR in this matter and could have approachED the court of law.
” Therefore, Congress demands that irregularities during Jaitley’s tenure as president DDCA between 1999 and 2013 be probed by the JPC and until the inquiry Jaitley should step down from the post of Finance Minister,” Mr Maken said.
In reply to a question over CBI raid at the CM Secretariat and alleged seizure of the cricket association related files, Maken said “Please do not mix up to issues as that would dilute the issue in question”.On whether the demand of JPC and Finance Minister’s resignation would be raised in Parliament, Azad and Kharge declined reply saying the party would take a call on it.