Kejriwal tars bigwigs in all parties with one brush

Delhi CM plays graft card to garner votes

Kejriwal tars bigwigs in all parties with one brush

New Delhi : Holier than thou Arvind Kejriwal on Friday came out with a list of “India’ most corrupt” in all political parties but spared the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the left leaders from a long list he reeled out at the Aam Aadmi Party national council meeting.

His sensational charge was also levelled at PM contenders and bigwigs in all parties.

These names were dropped as AAP vowed to field strong candidates against corrupt leaders of all parties in the LS elections.

”It is only a preliminary list and party delegates will add more names to the “final list” in the evening, Kejriwal declared, while asserting that AAP is entering the Lok Sabha polls to bring about a revolutionary change in politics of the country.

“Our motto is not to seize power like the BJP and the Congress. Our intention is that no corrupt leader and no one from a dynasty should enter Parliament,” he said.

No final list of the ‘corrupt’ was, however, released as a party spokesman said it would be released after compiling all names received.

Kejriwal also had a jibe at Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi for spending over Rs 500 crore on branding and image building exercise.

“To prepare brand Modi and brand Rahul they are spending Rs 500 crore. Can these people, who spend Rs 500 crore on branding, give an honest government? After they come to power, they will recover that money from us, through corrupt means,” he claimed.

Initially, Kejriwal did not name Gandhi and Modi in the list either but when there was clamour from his supporters, the Delhi chief minister hastened to add the names.

“I have prepared a list of dishonest (politicians). If you come across any honest politician, then please tell me. I am open to correction,” Kejriwal said.

Reacting sharply, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, who figures in the list, demanded an apology from Kejriwal within three days. Otherwise, he would slap a criminal and civil defamation suit.

Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah told reporters in Chennai, after a meeting with DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, that he would “answer” Kejriwal’s charge in the court.

AAP to fight political bigwigs

BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said,”BJP condemns the statement and expects that he will either present proof (backing)… the wild allegations or seek an apology… Otherwise, all options are open, including that of taking legal action.”

He said the party will also field candidates against Kapil Sibal, G K Vasan, Salman Khurshid, Veerappa Moily, Prakash Jaiswal, Kamal Nath, Pawan Bansal, as well as MPs Naveen Jindal, Avtar Singh Bhadana, Anu Tandon, Suresh Kalmadi and Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.

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