Leaders fume over AAP 'corrupt list'

Leaders fume over AAP 'corrupt list'

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s latest diatribe against the high and mighty of politics has evoked adverse reactions, with some aggrieved leaders even threatening to drag him to court.

Kejriwal on Friday released a list of 24 political bigwigs, who, according to him, were corrupt and needed to be defeated in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He declared that the AAP would field candidates against “corrupt” public figures like Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, senior UPA ministers P Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar, Kapil Sibal, Sushilkumar Shinde, Veerappa Moily, Farooq Abdullah, Kamal Nath, Salman Khursheed and G K Vasan, BSP chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar and B S Yeddyurappa, besides H D Kumaraswamy of the JD-S.

Kejriwal’s list also features Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Congress’ Suresh Kalmadi and Navin Jindal, DMK’s Alagiri, A Raja, Kanimozhi, BJP’s Anurag Thakur, NCP’s Praful Patel and YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy.

Slamming Kejriwal, the Congress said “making a list requires only a pen, paper and a subjective mind”. “We are not a justice, jury and prosecutor rolled into one. We do not have to confess that we are anarchists as this chief minister seems to have done,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

Moily called him “a mad dog”. “I do not care what he (Kejriwal) says. He is a mad street dog. Why should I care if a dog barks on the street?” Moily told Deccan Herald.

Gadkari, in retaliation, gave Kejriwal a three-day deadline to apologise, failing which the chief minister would be sued. BJP spokesman S Suresh Kumar said: “Who is he to decide whether people should vote for Yeddyurappa or not? I think Kejriwal, instead of governing Delhi, is just making sweeping remarks against all. We condemn his holier than thou attitude.”

Abdullah was also quick to respond. “I am happy that my name figured in the list. I will go to the court and answer. I will ask him (Kejriwal) also,” he told reporters in Chennai.

Kumaraswamy challenged the AAP leader to release documents to prove that he was corrupt. “Kejriwal is not a small person. He is the chief minister. In case he has documents to prove I am corrupt, then let him release them,” he said.

Yeddyurappa, however, refused to react.  “There is no need to react and the people will understand,” his personal assistant quoted him as saying.

Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar also remained incommunicado.

Kejriwal’s political posturing came at an open session of the Aam Aadmi Party’s national council. “I am presenting the names to you and you decide whether these people should be elected to Parliament or not,” Kejriwal said.

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