New Delhi: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, who
attacked the political class in his rhetoric at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, made a number of factual inaccuracies in his speech.
Kejriwal, as always vociferous in his demand for a strong
Lokpal, accused political parties of misusing the CBI under
He said in 1996, the then Vajpayee government used the CBI
to target AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, when actually the
government was only there for 13 days.
While attacking Kapil Sibal for alleged attempts to
restrict social media freedoms, Kejriwal criticised the
Telecom Minister for limiting the number of SMSes to 200 per
mobile as also his efforts to regulate content on social
"He has also tried to regulate Facebook and other sites
which were of help to us. These things will not help the
government. We want to show to them how many people came no
matter any restrictions," Kejriwal said, adding Sibal did so
to control Hazare`s movement.
The cap on the number of SMSes to 200 per SIM was
actually a move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI) to deter unsolicited messages by telemarketing
He also said that as many as 17 members of Parliamentary
Standing Committee had opposed the report prepared by it, when
factually the dissenting members had not opposed the report in
toto, only objected to different clauses.