Lucknow: A close aide of India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal has said that plans for organizing a protest against Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid in his parliamentary constituency of Farrukhabad are right on track.
Sanjay Singh has confirmed that the agitation against Khurshid on charges of fiscal irregularity and corruption, which he engineered through his Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, will take place next month as per schedule.
IAC activists have been protesting against Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid for their alleged involvement in embezzlement of Rs. 71 lakh granted to their trust by the cocial welfare ministry for the welfare of specially-abled people, and have demanding his expulsion from the Union Cabinet.
Interacting with media in Lucknow, Singh said Kejriwal and IAC would take the protest to the people in Farrukhabad on November 1, as there is deep resentment against the Congress-led central government.
"From Lucknow, he (Kejriwal) will go to Farrukhabad via Kanpur, Unnao and Kannauj. On the way people will join us in our protest. As of now, whichever district I have gone to, I have met people who are extremely angry with this government. The standards of probity are dismal in all of our national parties, and the IAC has successfully exposed it time and again," said Singh.
Singh also said the atmosphere in Farrukhabad should turn hostile before the protest.
"I went to Farrukhabad yesterday. They are trying to create an atmosphere as if we are going to fight with them, which is not true. We don't intend to get violent at all. All we want to do is expose the truth of misappropriation of funds meant for the specially-abled people," said Singh.
In the past year, Kejriwal has spearheaded various protests against rampant graft and called for an effective law to combat rampant corruption in the country.
Kejriwal has also accused central ministers and Congress party leaders of shielding Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi against graft allegations.
Fed up with the numerous multi-billion dollar scams uncovered in government, and the constant need to pay bribes for free public services, thousands took to the streets in August 2011, as India's social activist Anna Hazare, Kejriwal and other activists held a series of hunger strikes and protests in New Delhi and elsewhere.