Senior AAP Leader and Delhi Finance Minister Ms Atishi exposed the BJP’s lies after the Enforcement Directorate provisionally attached certain assets in the ongoing excise policy case investigations. The AAP leader said that BJP and PM Modi are orchestrating a malicious witch-hunt against Delhi’s former Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia. As part of this witch-hunt the BJP is planting fake stories in the media that the ED attached Shri Manish Sisodia’s assets amounting to Rs 52 crores in the excise case.

However, the ED’s own documents clearly state that as part of the broader exercise, assets worth merely Rs 16 lacs belong to Shri Manish Sisodia. Ms Atishi said, “ED’s July 3rd order states that only a bank account and an old flat belonging to Shri Manish Sisodia have been provisionally attached by the ED. As per the ED, his Bank of Baroda account contains only Rs 11,49,738/-. Apart from this, a flat in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad valued at Rs 5,07,600/- by ED, which is in Shri Manish Sisodia’s name has been provisionally attached by the ED. The ED has put it on record that this flat was bought by him in 2005, well before he joined politics.”

Ms Atishi also informed that a flat in Mayur Vihar valued at Rs 65,00,000/-by ED which is in the name of Shri Manish Sisoida’s wife has also been provisionally attached. “As per ED, this flat was bought in the year 2018, almost half a decade prior to this excise policy investigation, many years before the policy in question was conceived,” she said.

As per ED documents, the total value of the assets belonging to Shri Manish Sisodia and his wife total up to only Rs 81 lacs. Even in this, the flats are much older and have no relation to the ongoing case.

“This whole propaganda is nothing but PM Narendra Modi and BJP’s attempt to deliberately misguide the public,” Ms Atishi said, asserting that PM Modi is on a mission to destroy the life of Shri Manish Sisodia because he is refusing to bow down before him even after being in jail. “The Aam Aadmi Party is steadfastly honest. Our leaders don’t fear PM Modi’s jails. This is now irking him. He is frustrated that despite his best attempts he is unable to break the Aam Aadmi Party,” she added.

In conclusion, Ms Atishi called on the Prime Minister and the BJP to apologise to Shri Manish Sisodia and his family. She said that if the PM and his party read the ED’s papers even once, they would know what the truth is.

While, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Mr Prime Minister, when you couldn’t find anything against Manish Sisodia, you started defaming him through the ED. Your ED is spreading false news on TV channels that Manish Sisodia’s assets worth 52 crores have been seized. A total of 80 lakhs of assets have been seized from him, and that too were bought before 2018, much before the excise policy was even formed. The entire wealth is on paper and declared. People never thought that such a Prime Minister would come, who would try to eliminate his political opponents by openly lying like this, in a great country like India. You also know who the real corrupt people are. If you have the courage, catch them and show it.”

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