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CBI raids: AAP leaders attack Modi

A furious Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government after CBI raid on the office of Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, terming it the “darkest” day and an “undeclared emergency” in the history of Indian democracy.

AAP leaders accused the NDA government of crushing civil liberties and democratic rights and said Mr. Modi was sending out a message to officials working with the Chief Minister that they will be targeted.

“This is the darkest day of Indian democracy but bewildered of Delhi n Bihar defeat, @narendramodi can do anything (sic),” party MLA Somnath Bharti said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the Centre was controlling the CBI and the raid on Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar’s office was meant to send a warning message to officials working with Mr. Kejriwal.

“If Modi ji wants to send a message to officials that if they work along with Kejriwal honestly, they will be targeted then it’s a very dangerous message. This will have an opposite effect,” he warned.

Mr. Sisodia said action should be taken against guilty, but the same can not be made an excuse to harass officials.

“If it is a matter of corruption, you raid office, residence of Kejriwal. Nobody has issues. But if you seal CM office under a pretext, stop people from coming to office, go through files, this shows you are making an excuse,” he said.

Another party leader Ashish Khaitan termed the CBI action as “undeclared emergency” by the Mr. Modi government, which, he alleged, wanted to turn the country into a “police state.”

“What we are witnessing today is an undeclared state of emergency, something which we all have been maintaining for too long that this Modi government wants to turn our country into a police state where civil liberties, democratic rights are all being crushed,” Mr. Khaitan said.

“It is the defeat in Delhi and Bihar assembly elections that has made the ruling BJP at the Centre to resort to worst kind of political vendetta,” he alleged.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday morning conducted searches at the office of Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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