‘Digvijay`s claims on agitation expenditure wrong’

After Digvijay Singh questioned the funding of Anna Hazare`s 4-day hunger strike, activist Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Congress leader was "wrong" in claiming that Rs 50 lakh had been spent for Delhi agitation.

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 18:38 PM IST

New Delhi: After Digvijay Singh questioned
the funding of Anna Hazare`s 4-day hunger strike, activist
Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the Congress leader was "wrong" in
claiming that Rs 50 lakh had been spent for Delhi agitation
and maintained that only Rs 32 lakh were used for the campaign
over the last four months.

"He (Digvijay Singh) is wrong actually. You can see
the figures. We have put the figures in the public domain. You
will see a figure total of Rs 82 lakh and a total of Rs 32
lakh has been spent in the last four months. It is not just at
Jantar Mantar," the RTI activist said.

"There was this Ramlila Ground thing also. It has been
spent on a couple of places. It includes Rs 6-7 lakh that were
spent in Mumbai. Mumbai accounts were also included in this.

It includes not just Jantar Mantar but also preparations
in between," he said.

Claiming that Rs 82 lakh were raised from the corporate
sector by the protesters, Singh had said, "If civil society
people spent Rs 50 lakh for four-day agitation at Jantar
Mantar, then why are they after the politicians telling them
to keep the expenditure for contesting Lok Sabha and assembly
elections within a limit"?.

Hazare led a agitation pressing for enactment of Lokpal
Bill to give wider powers to the Ombudsmen to check
corruption. The activist who camped at Jantar Mantar for four
days ended his hunger strike on April 9 after the
government agreed to include civil society representatives in
the panel for drafting the Bill.

PTI