Kejriwal dares PM-Sonia-Rahul on debate

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 21, 2012 04:13 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IBNS) India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday dared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to face him in a public debate on the charges and counter charges on corruption.

Reacting to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh´s letter asking Kejriwal to come clean on the funds of his NGO, Kejriwal tweeted: "I request Mr Digvijay to encourage Mrs Gandhi, PM or Mr Rahul Gandhi to come for a public debate."

"Place n [and] time of their choice. Let´s question each other n [and] let public question us on personal n [and] public issues. Digvijay ready?"

Kejriwal said if Digvijaya Singh "can´t convince his party bosses or the PM, then people would think he is doing all this for cheap publicity and to divert attention."

Singh earlier said Kejriwal has turned into a "self-serving ambitious megalomaniac with scant regard for democracy."

Kejriwal has made several corrupt land deal allegations against Robert Vadra, the reclusive son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, heightening the pitch of attacks against India's ruling party and Gandhi family.

Kejriwal "exposed" links between Vadra and the Haryana government with documents that "proved" that the state had favoured him and acquired land from farmers by trick to hand over to real-estate firm DLF where Vadra held majority shares.

Demanding a white paper on the deals with DLF from the Haryana government, Kejriwal said the farmers were cheated and their land acquired for development of roads and housing for common people were handed over to DLF from where Robert Vadra derived benefits.

On Oct 5, creating a political firestorm, Arvind Kejriwal and his team alleged that Vadra made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm.

Kejrwial and his team dropped their "corruption bombshell" by naming Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, as a beneficiary of Rs 300 crore in a huge property deal by DLF company under which he was allegedly given properties in a throwaway price.

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