Akhilesh Yadav backs Manish Sisodia and criticizes the BJP for filing 'false cases'

Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP), defended Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday (August 22, 2022). He claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is putting “false” cases against opposition leaders in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to distract voters from pressing issues like inflation and unemployment. The BJP-led Centre, he said, is not prepared to accept the change the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has brought to the education sector, despite The New York Times praising it. He claimed that “identical techniques” are being employed in Delhi.

“Why is the BJP now gearing up for the elections in 2024? Opposition leaders are the targets of fabricated charges that government organizations bring.

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“It’s because they (the BJP) lack solutions to pressing problems like inflation and unemployment. So false charges are brought against them, and they are imprisoned to deflect attention from the situation and prevent leaders from speaking out, according to Yadav, cited by the news agency PTI.

“Anyone may be given a fake case. Consider Delhi. The New York Times reported that the school system there has improved, but the Centre is unable to accept this information and a case was launched against them (AAP leaders),” he said.

In an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with suspected anomalies in the execution of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021–2022, Sisodia is one of 15 individuals and businesses mentioned.

The CBI also searched the AAP leader’s home on Friday due to allegations of corruption.

He has emphasized, however, that the case against him is an attempt to thwart the excellent job being done by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government and to place impediments in the way of the AAP head, who has emerged as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.