Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has admitted there is a “Narendra Modi wave” across the country.
Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal (L) and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"It cannot be denied that there is a Modi wave in the country, but both Rahul Gandhi and Modi are puppets of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani," Kejriwal told national daily Dainik Bhaskar in an interview.
Nine days after he pulled the plug on his government in Delhi, Kejriwal kicked off the AAP’s Lok Sabha campaign on Sunday with a blistering attack on both the BJP and Congress, calling Modi and Rahul Gandhi agents of Mukesh Ambani.
The former Delhi chief minister, however, denied calling all politicians in the country were corrupt. “No, it's not true. There are many good leaders in the Congress and the BJP. I appeal to them to leave their parties and join the AAP,” he said.
On being asked about his Lok Sabha aspirations, Kejriwal said, “Let Modi first declare if he is going to contest the Lok Sabha polls and from where, only then our party will take a call on it (Kejriwal contesting).
Kejriwal also said he never accepted funds from big corporate houses such as Reliance. “Let me make it clear that neither I nor my party will accept any funding from corporate. There is no question of taking money from Ambani.”
During his 49-day tenure as Delhi CM, Kejriwal had ordered an FIR against the Reliance chairman and oil minister M Veerappa Moily among others, accusing them of manipulating gas prices so that Ambani could make huge profits.
Accusing Modi and Rahul of leading expensive campaigns and questioning the source of the money, he said, “I have filed an FIR against Mukesh Ambani and I want to ask him how many planes he has. Now, if he gives you his planes and helicopters, will the gas price become $16?”
Taking note of the BJP PM candidate’s promise to bring back black money stashed abroad, Kejriwal said, “Modiji, I am giving out the Swiss bank account numbers of the Ambanis (Mukesh and brother Anil). Will you get the money from their accounts if your government came to power?"