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Bansal welcomes Kejriwal into politics, defends govt

Defending the central government on the allegations levelled by social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, minister of parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal has welcomed Kejriwal into politics.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 21, 2012 11:13 IST
Jyotsna Jalali

Defending the central government on the allegations levelled by social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, minister of parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal has welcomed Kejriwal into politics.


Bansal, an alumnus of Panjab University, who was here on Saturday to attend the university foundation day celebrations, was speaking to Hindustan Times.

He said, "Kejriwal is most welcome into mainstream politics. We will face him when he is actually there. Just waving a document at the media or people does not prove anything; evidence is essential."

Commenting on Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka cancelling a land deal allegedly concerning Robert Vadra, Bansal said Khemka was no threat to the government. "Only allegations are being levelled, but nothing has been proved so far. The media should also exercise restraint and not become judgmental when such allegations are made."

He said it is a democratic country and people were free to comment on anything, but till the time charges were proved, no conclusions should be drawn. He said it was a legal issue and as he had some knowledge of law, he could say that no favour had been extended to Vadra.

Dismissing the statement that the Central government was in for tough times, he said, "The central government is on a strong footing. We as a government are sure of what we are doing and if you think the government would collapse soon, there is nothing of the sort. We are confident of completing our tenure."

Bansal said there were other important things, including controlling the inflation, for the government to take care of.