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Arvind Kejriwal has basic instinct to malign Sonia's family: Digvijaya Singh

PTI  New Delhi, October 14, 2012
First Published: 13:06 IST(14/10/2012) | Last Updated: 13:24 IST(14/10/2012)

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday accused Arvind Kejriwal of having "basic instinct to malign Sonia Gandhi's family" and asked him to stop using the national flag during his protests for "political purposes".

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Rejecting Kejriwal's allegations against the Congress President's son-in-law Robert Vadra about his business deals with DLF and over the functioning of law minister Salman Khurshid's NGO as "baseless", Singh said that after being "exposed" by Anna Hazare, who parted ways with him, the IAC activist-turned politician was looking for a political space.

"After being exposed by Anna Hazare, Kejriwal is looking out for a political space, which he is trying to occupy by either connecting a disconnected electric connection or making false allegations against Vadra and DLF and now (on Khurshid’s trust) on basis of some sting operation done by a channel and finally leading an agitation to the Prime Minister's home," the AICC leader said.

Arvind Kejriwal speaks during a protest against Salman Khurshid in New Delhi. AFP

Singh said, "There are a few questions, which Kejriwal should be answering himself, which at some point of time I would like to bring in public domain."

He, however, declined to state what were those questions, saying they will be brought out at appropriate time.

Asked about the controversy surrounding the trust run by Khurshid's wife and Kejriwal pitching for the resignation of the law minister over the issue, Singh shot back asking, "Has an FIR been filed in the case? The matter is under investigation.

"Once something illegal is found by the state and the central government, naturally an FIR will be lodged. Has an FIR been lodged? Khurshid has already said that he is going to take Kejriwal to the court," he said.


Asked about Vadra-DLF business links, Singh said that the issue of Vadra and his business deals with the realty major is "confined to the two private individuals" and, therefore, the "government has nothing to do with it".

On senior ministers and party leaders defending Vadra against Kejriwal's allegation if the matter was between two private individuals, Singh said, "It was not in defence. It was against the basic intent of Kejriwal to malign the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's family."


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