Farrukhabad: Kejriwal holds anti-Khurshid rally

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 14:54 hrs

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal and his India Against Corruption (IAC) on Thursday held a rally against Salman Khurshid at the External Affairs Minister's Lok Sabha constituency Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh over charges of embezzlement brought against his trust.

Kejriwal urged the people of Farrukhabad not to vote for Khurshid in the 2014 general elections.

Referring to Khurshid´s warnings, Kejriwal said: "Salman Khurshid had threatened us about the trip. I want to tell him that we have come to Farrukhabad. We will also return tonight. If he can do anything then let him do."

"Will you vote for him again?" Kejriwal asked people who participated in the rally.

"I want to ask people of Farrukhabad if they will elect Salman Khurshid again or not. I can say that stealing money that was meant for handicapped was the worst crime," Kejriwal said.

Some people, who were attending the rally, said they would not vote for Khurshid.

Kejriwal said they should not forget the words and said: "Promise you will not forget your words in two years?"

Ahead of the protest, the Uttar Pradesh government has increased security in Farrukhabad.

As many as 600 policemen were stationed in Khurshid´s constituency for the rally.

According to reports, Kejriwal´s motorcade was stopped by Khurshid´s supporters in Malikpur area near Farrukhabad.

The agitators, who wore "Main hoon Salman Khurshid" caps, waved black flags before the police stopped them from creating further troubles.

According to reports, IAC and Congress workers clashed in Malikpur.

Kejriwal and Khurshid earlier exchanged barbs over the rally as the Union Minister threatened the social activist from visiting his Lok Sabha constituency.

"Let him (Arvind Kejriwal) come to Farrukhabad. But how will he go back from here?" Khurshid said.

According to the TV network´s report, Khurshids´ Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust had been granted Rs 71.50 lakh by the union social welfare and empowerment ministry for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in Uttar Pradesh.

Forging signatures of senior officials in several districts of the state the NGO embezzled funds off the grants and deprived the physically challenged who were eligible for benefits under the scheme.

Both Khurshid, who is the president of the Trust, and his wife Louise -- the project director -- have vehemently denied any wrongdoing even as activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal lambasted the couple over the graft charges.

The accusations were used by Kejriwal and his supporters to launch a campaign against the Khurshid and demand his resignation.

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