A day after AAP’s spectacular victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, its founder-member and former union law minister Shanti Bhushan on Wednesday attacked Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of accepting “tainted” money and giving tickets to candidates prepared to buy votes.
This is the second time in recent times that Bhushan has attacked Kejriwal. Last month during the poll campaign, he had called for Kejriwal’s removal as the party chief.
In a blog, Bhushan accused Kejriwal of abandoning all principles of inner party democracy and asked the AAP to “apply course correction” and come back to the path of clean politics.
“He gave a large number of tickets to people who had amassed a lot of wealth by questionable means and were prepared to buy votes by distributing money and liquor,” the senior advocate wrote in a blog. “He (Kejriwal) also accepted tainted money and abandoned all principles of inner party democracy,” Bhushan said.
Later, he told reporters that he was not happy with the party’s spectacular win in the elections, saying the electorate did not apply their mind to the allegations.
“It is important for the party to apply course correction and come back to the path of totally clean politics which people believe it continues to stand for,” Bhushan said.He said even Kejriwal must be “regretting” his decision to field those candidates under the belief that “people like them could win elections”.“My advice to Kejriwal is not to make any of those 15-20 shady people ministers,” he added. Asked if he still had faith in AAP’s ideology, Bhushan retorted: “Why don’t you put this question to AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia?”