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The CBI had arrested Sisodia for alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22 following several rounds of questioning. File photo

BJP claims Delhi govt setting up 'I love Manish Sisodia' desks, AAP denies

The BJP on Thursday claimed that the Delhi government is going to set up “I love Manish Sisodia” desks in state-run schools to rally support for the arrested leader, a charge denied by the AAP.

Sisodia, who had 18 portfolios in the Delhi government including education, resigned from the Cabinet following his arrest by the CBI in connection with alleged corruption in the formulation and implementation of the now-scrapped liquor policy for 2021-22.

It is regrettable that even after Sisodia’s arrest, the Delhi government “is not stopping its dirty politics in the name of education and has now stooped as low as to involving innocent school kids in it,” Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said.

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In response, the Delhi government issued a statement saying, “There is no involvement of any government department or government employee in any such activity. It is just BJP agenda.” The BJP leader said, “Under the patronage of Delhi government, special “I love Manish Sisodia desks” will be set up in government schools to garner forced support for Sisodia from students.” “Delhi BJP strongly condemns this dirty politics of forcing school kids to support Sisodia and urge that this move be immediately shelved,” he said.

Meanwhile, senior AAP leaders shared messages penned by students for Sisodia. Atishi, who will soon be included in the Cabinet as a minister, shared images of the messages on Twitter. “BJP people: No matter how many false allegations you make, but the love that the children of Delhi have got for Manish Sisodia, you cannot shake it,” she said.

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Jasmine Shah also retweeted similar messages and said: “Wow… Children of Delhi are showing an unprecedented outpouring of love for their favourite education minister with messages of #ILoveManishSisodia.”

Kapoor, however, urged Delhi LG VK Saxena in a tweet to stop the campaign. In another tweet, the BJP leader tagged NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo and alleged that parents were being pressured by AAP to get such messages penned for Sisodia. “@NCPCR_ & @KanoongoPriyank ji please see how shamelessly AAP is campaigning for Manish Sisodia by pressurising government school students. Parents are being pressurised to write letters otherwise students will be failed in exams,” he tweeted.

(With Agency inputs)

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