Delhi liquor row: Ensure colleagues don’t make petty statements, L-G Saxena advises Kejriwal

Expressing “grave objection” to the “deliberately misleading” allegations made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia against former lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal related to the Delhi excise policy, current L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena has advised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ensure that his colleagues in the government and party refrain from “such petty behaviour and statements”.
“Saxena further has advised the Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal to ensure that his colleagues in the Government and party, refrain from such petty behaviour and statements,” read another tweet.
Saxena’s reactions follow a statement issued by Baijal, who rejected the allegations levelled against him by Sisodia, in connection with the new liquor policy, as “baseless” and “motivated”. “They are nothing but blatant lies and falsehoods being perpetrated by a desperate man to save his own skin,” Baijal had said.
Last week, Sisodia, who also holds the excise portfolio, wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) requesting a probe into what he claimed was a sudden change in former L-G Baijal’s decision on opening vends in unauthorised areas. This caused “thousands of crores of losses” to the Delhi government, he alleged. He had also claimed the change in decision came “48 hours before implementation of the policy on ground” on November 17, 2021.
However, Baijal denied all these allegations and said the facts are now in the public domain and as an L-G, he had upheld constitutional values and laws of the land, in letter and spirit, during his tenure.