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Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday described Arvind Kejriwal as a “self-serving ambitious megalomaniac” having a “streak of Hitler”. Accusing him of using respectable leaders like Anna Hazare “to give your ambitions a touch of respectability”, Singh said he would be posing “uncomfortable” questions to Kejriwal tomorrow.
In a letter to Kejriwal, Singh goes on to say: “My opinion about you as a well-meaning crusader of public issues has now changed to a self-serving ambitious megalomaniac, with scant regard for democracy.”
Accusing Kejriwal of not getting along with any of his mentors or colleagues, Singh said he’d been been impressed with Kejriwal initially for his commitment to the cause of the Right to Information (RTI) law.
In response, Kejriwal has said what Singh had said was not worthy of a response. “The Congress seems completely rattled and baffled. That is apparent from Digvijay’s letter,” he said.
However, alleged SIngh, Kejriwal’s subsequent failure to get inducted into the National Advisory Council egged him to start the agitation for the Lok Pal Bill. Singh claimed Kejriwal had approached him to recommend his name for the NAC, something Kejriwal has recently denied.
Saying it was Congress President Sonia Gandhi who had advocated a strong Lok Pal, Singh said she’d entrusted this task to NAC members Aruna Roy (“who was your guru in RTI”) and Harsh Mander, only to have Kejriwal misguiding Anna Hazare to take a "my way or the highway" route on the proposed ombudsman. Singh said the IAC activist could have waited for the NAC and Aruna Roy to come up with a draft and then propose amendments.
Singh’s letter said, "Your draft, if accepted in totality, would have made the (proposed) Jan Lok Pal the most powerful man in our successful and functional democracy, without being accountable to anyone.”
Expressing his happiness that Kejriwal had chosen to form a political party and decided to fight elections as "in a democracy, this is the only way to deliver in public life", Singh said his only advice to Kejriwal as a senior politician was to "first practice, then preach".
In response, Kejriwal has said what Singh had said was not worthy of a response. "The Congress seems completely rattled and baffled. That is apparent from Digvijay's letter,” he said.