Ministers rally around beleaguered Khurshid

They are confident that the Union Law Minister will emerge with his “honour and integrity” intact

New Delhi/Chennai : Two more Union ministers–Jairam Ramesh and V Narayanasamy-on Sunday came to the defence of their Cabinet colleague Salman Khurshid over allegations against him, and are confident that he will emerge with his “honour and integrity” intact.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also backed Khurshid saying activist Arvind Kejriwal is looking out for a political space by resorting to tactics like making false allegations against the Law Minister’s trust in Uttar Pradesh on the basis of some sting operation done by a channel and leading an agitation to the Prime Minister’s home.

Ministers rally around beleaguered Khurshid

Ramesh’s defence came after Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption (IAC) intensified their campaign for the Law Minister’s resignation alleging that Khurshid and his wife Louise were involved in cases of financial misappropriation and forgery in the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust run by them.

“I am confident that my very good friend and colleague and one of the most decent human beings I have ever known will emerge from this wholly manufactured ordeal with honour and integrity intact,” Ramesh, the Rural Development Minister, said in a statement.

Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the PMO, charged Kejriwal with trying to “gain cheap popularity” by levelling charges against Khurshid.

“This is cheap popularity. He does not know what is democracy, parliamentary procedures. He wants popularity and is using the media for this,” he told reporters in Chennai.

Defending Khurshid, Narayanasamy said there were no irregularities and maintained it was a private transaction where there was “no proof to show government support.”

“Kejrival is maligning people. He will feel the heat and learn a lesson,” the Minister said adding a 100 slogan-shouting persons cannot “decide the fate of the country.”

Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni on Saturday called Khurshid “upright” and said the demand for his resignation was not fair.

Asked about the controversy surrounding the trust run by Khurshid’s wife and Kejriwal pitching for the resignation of the Law Minister over the issue, Digvijay Singh shot back asking, “Has an FIR been filed in the case? The matter is under investigation. PTI

Home Minister too Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde too came to the rescue of his colleague Salman Khurshid and blamed India Against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal for playing politics in the name of his campaign against corruption in public life.

“Kejriwal first aligned with Anna Hazare in the name of a campaign against corruption. After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh fulfilled all the demands for strengthening the anti-corruption mechanism in the country, he had nothing else to do,” Shinde, who concluded his three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, said here.

“Now he has formed a political party and is playing politics,” Shinde added.

“The Congress is a strong party which is growing from strength to strength. We do not fear any adversary,” he told reporters at the headquarters of the state Congress where he had gone to meet party activists and leaders.

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