NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday raised the pitch for 2014 general elections by levelling charges of corruption against prominent politicians including former J&K Chief Minister and Union Minister for Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah.
Stating that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will ‘eliminate corruption from the system’, Kejriwal said, “There should not be a single corrupt person in the Parliament.”
Addressing the AAP national executive committee meet, Kejriwal said: “I have made a list of corrupt people. This is just the beginning and the list will grow. I am presenting the list in front of you, and you decide whether these people should be voted or not.”
Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal accused him of being corrupt and said the party will field candidates against him, UPA ministers and leaders of other parties.
He also took a jibe at BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the Congress Vice-President for spending over “Rs 500 crore on branding” and image-building exercise.
Drawing up a list of “corrupt” politicians, Kejriwal said the party will field candidates against them.
Kejriwal said the party will field candidates against Gandhi, Union Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, 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.
The list also includes BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari, BS Yeddyurappa, Anant Kumar, Anurag Thakur, and others like Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah and Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The Chief Minister slammed Gandhi and Modi for engaging in expensive image branding campaigns.
“They spent Rs 500 crore for image make over…To prepare brand Modi and brand Modi and brand Rahul, they are spending Rs 500 crore. Can these people, who spend Rs 500 crore for branding, give an honest government? After they come to power, they will recover that money from us,” he said.
Kejriwal said the party’s motto was not to seize power, but to eradicate corruption.
“Corrupt netas like Kalmadi, Yeddy, Sibal, Mulayam, Kamal Nath, Moily, Ananth Kumar, Anurag Thakur, Praful Patel etc have to be defeated,” said Kejriwal. “You people take the list forward, draft it and submit it,” Kejriwal told AAP members.
“We must work towards ending dynasty politics in the country,” Kejriwal added. The chief minister criticised the BJP and the Congress for failing to carry out their duties, despite being in power.
Reacting to Kejriwal’s accusations, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari demanded an apology. According to Times Now, Gadkari has given Kejriwal three days to apologise following which the BJP leader may file a defamation case against the Delhi CM.—Agencies