Respected Narendra Damodardas Modi, get as many FIRs registered against me (as you can), I will keep raising my voice. I won't bend, break or back off—Arvind Kejriwal
A day after he was booked in the water tankers scam along with his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to scare him through such actions.
"Modi ji has intimidated everyone else through false complaints and probes. He wants to scare me as well. So, he got the FIR registered against me," Kejriwal told the media here.
He, however, did not take any questions from the media.
Kejriwal said the FIR was registered on Modi's direction and that he was not afraid of any probe by a central agency.
"Respected Narendra Damodardas Modi, get as many FIRs registered against me (as you can), I will keep raising my voice. I won't bend, break or back off. You will find me struggling over the issues of the farmers and Dalits," the AAP leader said.
"Six months back, they (Modi government) conducted a CBI raid at my office but got nothing. Now, they have lodged an FIR against me. The fact is that I am the only one who stands like a rock against Modi. He cannot tolerate this," the Delhi Chief Minister said.
Taking a dig at the Congress top brass, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said he was not Congress President Sonia Gandhi or its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi "who can be scared" by the Prime Minister.
"Modi ji, I am not a Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi that you can scare me. I am not a Robert Vadra, with whom you can stage-manage or strike any unscrupulous deal. The Modi government doesn't file cases against Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi or Vadra but targets me," Kejriwal said.
The Chief Minister said Modi has admitted to a direct political confrontation with him.
"Modi ji, you do your work and I will do mine. You will see me raising my voice if you try to save Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam. I will also raise voice if your BJP leaders try to save the killers of an honest NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) officer M.M. Khan," Kejriwal said.
He said he will raise voice if Modi tried to save Bharatiya Janata Party's Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Vasundhara Raje in the Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi scam respectively.
The Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch registered the case on Monday against the Aam Aadmi Party leader and Dikshit, a former Congress Chief Minister.
ACB chief M.K. Meena said the FIR against Kejriwal was registered on the complaint of BJP legislator Vijender Gupta "for causing delay and not cancelling the contract for water tankers".