New Delhi : The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to file an FIR against Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and a set of senior former bureaucrats is being seen as a part of his exercise to provoke the Congress from withdrawing support to the AAP government.
Whether it is the probe against the former chief minister Shiela Dikshit or the RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, the Congress leadership believes that Kejriwal is only out to impress his supporters that he is the only one capable taking on big guns in the fight against corruption. “He is not interested in the legality of the issues or whether they reach to any conclusion or not. He just wants to show that he is fighting them all, and also wants to blame someone else for the fall of his government,” said a senior union minister.
He pointed out that the price fixing mechanism for KG basin is not an arbitrary exercise but is based on well-settled international mechanisms. The formula suggested by the R Rangarajan committee has been applied in this case, and it is open to legal scrutiny. “Besides, this is not an issue within the jurisdiction of the Delhi government. But these are legal issues and would be dealt with accordingly,” he added.
The considered view within the Congress party is that unless the government falls due to its internal contradictions, the AAP should not be given any escape route, and sufficient time must elapse before any precipitate step is taken.
“He is acting like a school boy who wants to be expelled from the class, to escape the rigours of appearing for an examination. But he is not getting an escape route from us,” said the union minister.