Khurshid should clarify on graft allegations: BJP

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party asked for a clarification from Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, after charges of corruption were levelled against him.

New Delhi: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday asked for a clarification from Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, after charges of corruption were levelled against him.

Television channel Aaj Tak alleged that Khurshid’s wife Louise Khurshid has embezzled funds from her trust, which was meant for the welfare of specially-abled people.

Speaking to a news agency in New Delhi, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Khurshid should himself order a probe into the whole matter, and that by using unparliamentary language, the government and anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal, were weakening the issue.

“The way this important issue is being diluted by name calling between the two sides is unfortunate. This issue is losing steam, and the abusive language used not only by Kejriwal’s team, but also by ministers, is not being received very well by the people. As far as the law minister is concerned, he (Khurshid) should not get entangled in this game of muck throwing, but instead, he should come clean on the issue, and also, being the law minister, should order a probe into it,” said Naqvi.

Media reports had mentioned that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has suspected misappropriation of funds by the Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust that is run by the Khurshids.

On her part, Louise Khurshid rubbished the allegations by contending she had clarified to the CAG`s officials that there was no formal report, and that the version being quoted in the media was a preliminary document that sought to examine the activity of many other non-governmental organisations.

Naqvi later also attacked Kejriwal for saying that both the national parties, BJP and the Congress, had become his ‘B team’. The BJP leader wondered whether Kejriwal and his associates had registered the fight against corruption under their names.

“I don’t know why these people think that they have a patent over issues like corruption. If anyone else speaks against corruption, it becomes their ‘B team’. The whole country is standing up against corruption; you can only be another voice in this. This does not mean if anyone else speaks on the issue, he will be called their ‘B team’,” said Naqvi.

Arvind Kejriwal has since intensified his agitation against a federal government already suffering from an erosion of credibility, after a series of graft exposes over the past two years.

Magsaysay Award winner Kejriwal`s proposal to form a political party and enter the electoral fray did result in the split of India Against Corruption, the forum under which he and renowned social activist Anna Hazare along with like-minded associates had undertaken nationwide crusade against graft and nepotism in public life.