Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the number of corrupt political leaders to be exposed by his India Against Corruption in the coming days is growing bigger and may be in double digits, with “insiders” coming forward to voluntarily provide information.
“Insiders from different walks of life, including government officers, corporate houses, NGOs and even political parties, are coming forward with information to expose corrupt leaders,” Kejriwal told HT.
Asked whether Congress party insiders are also providing information against their leaders, he evaded a direct response, but said with a smile: “We are getting information from all quarters.”
Kejriwal confirmed that BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s name figures in the IAC list. “Yes, we think we have credible evidence against him.” The IAC is expected to put its allegations against Gadkari in the public domain on Wednesday.
Pressed further on whether the IAC would come out with graft allegations against some important ministers, he said, “It could be. There are names of many leaders of important parties, but we are yet to evaluate the proof and then decide whether it is strong enough to make the names public.”
The 44 year-old leader of a yet to be named political party said the country’s citizens were no longer scared to speak out against powerful politicians and termed it as a positive outcome of making public the business deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Kejriwal, who had been considered the closest aide of social activist Anna Hazare and the key strategist of the popular anti-graft movement last year before the two parted ways recently, defended his decision to turn political.
“There is no opposition in the country today. The Congress and the BJP are helping each other to suppress each other’s corruption.
In fact, all parties seem to be colluding with each other on this issue. People are seeing all this and the entire political class is getting exposed,” he said.
Asked about the criticism that none of the issues taken up by Kejriwal and his colleagues during the last 18 months – ranging from Lokpal to seeking the resignations of ministers facing corruption allegations – reached any logical conclusion, he said, “The biggest success has been that the nation has stood up. The citizens and the media have unleashed a war on corruption."