Congress downplays Khurshid's remarks
New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday downplayed Law Minister Salman Khurshid's remarks daring Arvind Kejriwal to stage a protest in his constituency Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh and return from the area, which was interpreted by the activist as a murder threat.
Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi at the same said Kejriwal should go to the police station to file a complaint if he feels he has been threatened.
"How can any one stop him from taking the course of law? But we are sure he will not take this course because he is only interested in cheap publicity," Alvi said taking a dig at Kejriwal.
He said he is not aware of the details of what Khurshid had said but added "Khurshid is also political person apart being Law Minister. He must have meant to ask that how will Kejriwal come to Farrukhabad and go back from there".
To repeated questions on the issue, he said "we will see what he has said then will get back to you".
Party general secretary Digvijay Singh, who is in-charge of AICC affairs of Uttar Pradesh, also declined a comment on the issue saying "I don't know what he has said".
There, is, however, a view in the party that such a comment by Khurshid was unwarranted.
At a closed-door function here last night whose footage was aired by some news channels, Khurshid had said "I have been made the Law Minister and asked to work with the pen. I will work with the pen but also with blood."
Khurshid, whose NGO Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust has been accused by Kejriwal of financial bunglings, said "they say we will ask questions and you have to give the answers. We say you hear the answers and forget about asking questions."
Kejriwal saw the comments as a death threat to him.
"Mr Salman Khurshid has threatened me. The kind of language which he has used, it does not suit the stature of the country's Law Minister," the activist said.