Lucknow: Renewing his fight against External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, India Against corruption (IAC) activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday dared the senior Congress politician to suppress his voice.
Addressing a massive rally in Khurshid’s Farukkhabad constituency, Kejriwal said, “We are not afraid of any one. Who is Mr Khurshid trying to threaten? I dare him to stop us.
Amid a big round of applause from his supporters, the former RTI activist said, “Despite protests, we have come to Farrukhabad and will go back to Delhi tonight.”
He continued to attack Khurshid in his own constituency by saying, “The Congress politician and his wife have siphoned off huge sum of money meant for disabled persons. There have been gross irregularities in the Jakir Hussain trust run by his wife.”
“I have valid documents to substantiate my claims,” he added.
On reports of minor clashes between the IAC members and Congress workers ahead of his rally, Kejriwal said, “I urge all Khurshid supporters to come on the dias for a one-to-one on the allegations levelled by me against the Union Minister.”
He also urged the Congress workers to rise above party politics and to work in the best interest of the nation.
Ahead of his rally, minor clashes were reported from the area.
According to reports, clashes occurred after the Congress workers and Khurshid’s supporters tried to block the entry of hundreds of Kisan Mahasabha members, who have come to support Kejriwal in the city.
Sensing the situation, the local police deployed in the area intervened and took the situation under its control.
The situation soon returned to normal and the IAC said that it will hold its rally as per schedule.
Kejriwal has earlier accused Khurshid of alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the differently-abled persons through an NGO run by his wife.
Congress workers have earlier threatened to block the entry of Kejriwal and IAC members in the city and erected barriers and blockades at various places.
After exposing big-shot politicians and corporate czars allegedly involved in huge corruption cases, Kejriwal this morning arrived in Lucknow to hold a protest rally in Khurshid’s constituency later in the day.
From here Kejriwal, accompanied by hundreds of IAC activists and local resident, led a car rally proceeding to Kannauj and Kanpur. The IAC rally culminated in the Union Minister’s constituency.
Both Kejriwal and the senior Congress politician are not on good terms ever since the former accused the latter of alleged misappropriation of funds through his wife Louise Khurshid`s NGO.
Kejriwal’s entry into Khurshid’s bastion has raised political temper in this sleepy town where the supporters of the Congress leader and the enthusiastic IAC activists are ready for a pitched political battle.
While Kejriwal seems determined to renew his battle against Khushid with slogans like `who owns Farrukhabad`, the Congress leader has warned against any such move.
Meanwhile, Congress` district unit, unwilling to give the opposition a walkover, has erected blockades along the route that Kejriwal took. The Congress workers also waved black flags and blocked Kejriwal’s attempt to reach the protest site.
Undeterred by the preparations of the Congress workers, IAC activists today distributed caps and holding public demonstrations. They also urged local residents to support Kejriwal and make the rally successful.
Kejriwal yesterday attacked Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani of forging a nexus with the UPA and the previous NDA governments to win big contract on gas exploration in KG Basin and concessions at a huge cost to the exchequer.