New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for his alleged involvement in an Arunachal Pradesh hydro project scam.
Quoting newspaper reports, AAP leader Ashish Khetan accused Rijiju of using his influence as a Minister to help his cousin in the “Rs 450 crore scam”.
“This is a serious matter. Rijiju has no right to remain a Minister after being exposed in this scam. He should immediately resign from his post,” Khetan said.
The AAP leader also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an independent probe into the alleged scam.
“We also request the Prime Minister to ensure that Rijiju and his family do not influence the probe,” he said.
The newspaper claimed that Rijiju had written letters to clear payments of the contractors in the construction of two dams for the 600MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier in the day, Rijiju slammed the daily for “planting” a story about his alleged involvement in a power project and said if they visit Arunachal Pradesh, they will be “thrashed with shoes”.