The Daily Fix: As AAP and Congress ask Jaitley to resign, government ties with Opposition worsen

The Daily Fix: As AAP and Congress ask Jaitley to resign, government ties with Opposition worsen
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The Big Story: Bitter days are here
As part of the fallout of the Central Bureau of investigation raid on Tuesday, both the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress demanded the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged irregularities at the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association.

The Congress said it was demanding Jaitley’s resignation as well as a joint parliamentary probe on the basis of the report of a three-member committee set up by Kejriwal, a Registrar of Companies report last year and the findings of a two-member commission constituted by the Delhi High Court as well as a fact-finding panel of the DDCA.

The Congress claimed that the finding of the two-member commission had revealed a lack of transparency at DDCA. The Trinamool Congress also joined the fray, supporting the demands of the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress. 

An Enforcement Directorate raid on the offices of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in Chennai will deepen the government-Opposition divide. The Indian Express reported that a senior officer of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said the searches were conducted in connection with a case of alleged money laundering in the Aircel-Maxis deal, apart from alleged tax evasion and Foreign Exchange Management Act violations related to investments made in an eye-care chain.

The Congress described these raids as a part of the “blatant vendetta” of the Central government.

The Big Scroll
Arvind Kejriwal’s theory is that the CBI raids are a plot to protect Arun Jaitley from corruption investigation. Even if that’s not true, the raids hardly seem like a good idea from the point of the government, since they have only helped to unite the opposition.

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