Jalandhar, September 25 :National Convener of Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday vowed to put an end to ‘Raid Raj’, once his party forms the Government in 2017.
Speaking on the occasion of Maharaja Agarsen Jayanti here, Kejriwal, who was as the Chief Guest, said after forming the government in Delhi AAP Government has already abolished the ‘Raid Raj’ in Delhi.
“It is our observation that Raid raj instead of curbing the corruption rather encourages the same among the corrupt bureaucrats and inspectors. Besides the practice also to mop adequate revenue for the government.”
Therefore It is very important that the government must discourage the raid raj in any state, Kejriwal said adding that during Raid Raj corrupt officers instead of filling the coffers of the government fill their own pockets.
“When we came to power in Delhi, there were about 150 raids were being conducted in a month, which we stopped and now the raid is being allowed only in case the department is having ample evidences against whom the raid to be conducted”, Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal said that he was informed by the business community that the Income Tax Department is conducting raids in pan India to meet their target of recovering the black money. “Instead of conducting such raids, IT sleuths should be raided Vijay Malya and I am sure their target of at least Rs 7000 crore could have been fulfilled”, he added.
“Giant corporate houses are being let free for loot, which indicates the government’s intention on the issue of black money”, Delhi CM said.
Shifting his gun towards the issue of drug menace in Punjab, Kejriwal said “We have to curb this menace of drugs from Punjab and once it is curbed, there would be dire need of employment for rehabilitated youth, where the business community could help the state to give job to such youths so that they may not again get trapped in drug abuse.”
Kejriwal said earlier BJP used to be tagged as a “Party of Business Community”, but now that tag has been given to AAP due to the business-friendly policies of Delhi Government, which reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on many items from 12.5% to 5%, that too without asked by the traders for it.
Prominent among AAP leaders who were present on the occasion include, In-Charge of AAP’s affairs of Punjab, Sanjay Singh, AAP MPs Bhagwant Mann and Prof Sadhu Singh, State Convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich (Ghuggi), Head of the Legal Cell of the party Himmat Singh Shergil and former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar.