Delhi’s chief minister just called Narendra Modi a “psychopath”

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On a chilly morning in India’s capital city today, the already tepid relationship between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi turned decidedly frosty.

Around 10 AM on Dec. 15, Kejriwal tweeted that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)—the country’s foremost investigating body—has raided his office. The Delhi chief minister blamed Modi for this raid, without mincing his words.

The CBI, meanwhile, said that it has registered a case against Kejriwal’s secretary, Rajendra Kumar. The agency added that the case has been filed on the allegation that Kumar is “abusing his official position.

Kumar, from the 1989 batch of the Indian Administrative Service, has been a principal secretary at the chief minister’s office since December 2013, when Kejriwal first assumed charge.

The CBI raid on Kumar seems to be a result of a complaint filed on June 15 by a former officer of the Kejriwal government, Ashish Joshi, who complained to the anti-corruption bureau that Kumar had set up a number of private companies, and even awarded them contracts worth more than Rs50 crore ($7.4 million).

Meanwhile, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley has said in parliament that the raid has nothing to do with the Delhi chief minister. But Kejriwal disagreed.

The Delhi chief minister has often used Twitter to speak his mind. Last month, during the Bihar elections, he said that Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party should lose in the state because people wanted love and peace.

Kejriwal has also been vocal about his disagreement with Modi’s policies, including the “Make in India” initiative. In September, he tweeted that “Make in India” will only happen if we “Make India” first.

Modi, on the other hand, called Kejriwal “AK 49″ in one of his campaigning rallies. AK, of course, refers to the iconic Kalashnikov rifle, while ”49” stands for the number of days Kejriwal held office as Delhi’s chief minister the first time he won in the capital. He subsequently resigned on Feb. 14, 2014, only to return as chief minister exactly a year later.

“There are three AKs in Pakistan who’re being admired: AK 47, AK Antony and AK49. This third one, AK 49, has just launched a political party,” he said in March 2014.