The war of attrition between Arvind Kejriwal and Salman Khurshid over allegations of irregularities against the law minister's NGO escalated on Saturday with the former launching an indefinite protest demanding his resignation and arrest, shortly after being released from a makeshift jail.
Parliament Street protest begins as IAC intensifies stir against Khurshid
Khurshid's wife Louise, the project director of the NGO Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, lashed out at Kejriwal, terming the allegations of "money bungling" as "baseless innuendos" and accused him of "doing politics using the shoulders of the disabled".
Kejriwal and disabled people came to Parliament Street police station this afternoon after they were released from detention at a makeshift jail in Bawana in outer Delhi where they were kept since last evening.
They were detained on Friday afternoon when police stopped them from marching towards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Race Course Road residence.
The activists will continue their protest at Parliament Street till Khurshid is removed from the Cabinet and arrested along with his wife for alleged irregularities in the functioning of the NGO, Kejriwal said. Both Khurshid and wife have denied the charges.
Kejriwal sought to up the ante by calling for throwing the UPA government out of power. He tweeted, "Rise and throw this corrupt empire. Bhagat Singh gave up his life for the country. Subhash Chandra Bose gave up his life and career. What would u do?"
IAC activist Arvind Kejriwal delivers a speech at Jantar Mantar. AFP