Kejriwal attacks Union Ministers

Some of the prominent UPA Ministers came under fire from Team Anna at the fast venue of Anna Hazare with the activist`s close aide Arvind Kejriwal.

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2012, 18:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Some of the prominent UPA Ministers on Sunday came under fire from Team Anna at the fast venue of Anna Hazare with the activist`s close aide Arvind Kejriwal claiming that cases could have been registered
against 14 ministers if there was a Lokpal.

Addressing protesters, Kejriwal took the names of around
25 politicians, including ministers Sharad Pawar, S M Krishna,
P Chidambaram, Praful Patel, Kapil Sibal, Kamal Nath, Farooq
Abdullah, Ajit Singh, Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Sushil Kumar
Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh, MK Azhagiri and G K Vasan.

"If Lokpal Bill comes into force, FIRs will be lodged
against 14 ministers of the Union Government," he said.

"Who will punish people like them..? Delhi Police or the CBI..? No one knows because these people will never pass Lokpal Bill," Kejriwal said.

He said 162 MPs have criminal cases against them which
include 20 with attempt to murder cases.

Kejriwal said MPs like RJD chief Lalu Yadav, SP supremo
Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as DMK`s A Raja and Kanimozhi have
corruption cases against them.

"Can such a Parliament pass Lokpal bill..? Can such a
Parliament pass bill against corruption and cheating? The
situation is not good in states too," he said.

Taking on opposition BJP, he said the party was now
planning to reinstate Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister in
Karnataka.

"He was removed on corruption charges. There are
corruption cases against Mulayam and Jayalalithaa...," he
said.

He demanded that the government should appoint fast-track
courts to investigate charges against Parliamentarians.
The courts should dispose of the cases in six months and
those who are convicted shold be kept out of Parliament, he
said.

"People say I have insulted Parliament. Who has insulted
the Parliament..? The people who have sent them i.e. High
Command they have insulted Parliament or I have insulted
Parliament..?

"Who have insulted..? People who throw microphones at each
other or me..? Rajneeti Prasad has sent a notice to me. He says
Parliament is a temple. I am asking whether someone will go
the temple and tear Gita... I did not do anything wrong. I am
ready to face the music," he said.

Touching upon the porn-gate in Karnataka Assembly, he
said "BJP MLAs sit inside and watch blue films and BJP
ministers give a clean chit to them.

"When Sharad Pawar was slapped, which was unfortunate,
Parliament discussed it for two hours but when Narendra Kumar
was killed there was not even a mention of the incident in
Parliament.

"When Pawar was slapped there was nothing but people
cried when Narendra Kumar was killed. Parliament does not
discuss things which people want, it discusses things which
are of interest to them," he said.

Another Team Anna member Manish Sisodia said many
ministers have been speaking against them in Parliament. He
alleged that two ministers Chidambaram and Sibal tried
to crush their movement.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal tweeted, "Constitution was
drafted in three years. Lokpal not did in 44 years No
consensus amongst political parties on Lokpal in 44 years. If
they have to increase their salaries, there is consensus in 5
minutes.

"More than 25 people, fighting against corruption,
murdered in last ten years. Many of them could have been saved if
Jan Lokpal had been there," he said.

PTI