New Delhi, Oct.14 (ANI): A fuming anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday warned Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid and other members of the current governmen that the people whom he had described as “guttersnipes”, would uproot the corrupt system that was being encouraged and fanned right across India sooner than later.
“We agree that we are ‘guttersnipes’, we have political ambitions, we are craving for power, we are corrupt and we are ‘mango people’. But I want to alert them that these ‘guttersnipes’ and common man have awakened and they have gained courage to uproot this corrupt system,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal criticised Khurshid for forging documents and signatures and accused him of blackmailing the officers.
“Are we the blackmailers, or is he (Salman Khurshid) a blackmailer? Being a law minister, he makes forged documents, does forged signatures of officers, and now, it is coming into light that the officers are being pressurized. Is he blackmailing the officers, or are we doing so? He siphoned off money meant for specially-abled. Did he blackmail the specially-abled, or are we blackmailing the specially-abled?” added Kejriwal.
Specially-abled protesters gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, holding Indian flags and shouted anti-government slogans, demanding Khurshid’s resignation.
The protesters said they would not back out till the truth is surfaced.
“Initially, we will present him (Khurshid) a bouquet of flowers for siphoning off our money and then we will present a garland of shoes to get back our money he has pocketed. Either he has to go to jail or send us to jail. The truth should come in front of the whole country,” said a specially-abled protester, Vasudev Das.
Kejriwal along with his supporters from the IAC were arrested on October 12 while leading a protest march to the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding Khurshid’s dismissal, before being halted at India Gate and then detained.
Later, he was taken to a makeshift jail at Bawana on the outskirts of Delhi.
However, they were released on Saturday morning while the social activist announced that he would lead his team to the Parliament Street Police Station and continue his agitation.
Across the length and breadth of this country, IAC activists held protests against the federal government, voicing the same demand.
Responding to a sting operation by a television channel, which claimed that the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, headed by the minister and run by his wife, had withdrawn funds meant for procuring equipment such as crutches and hearing aids, while not actually performing any of its intended function.
In the past year, Kejriwal had spearheaded various protests against rampant graft and demand for an effective law to combat rampant corruption that is prevalent in the country.
Kejriwal, who is set to announce the name of his political party in late November, has also accused federal ministers, including Khurshid of shielding Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi against graft allegations. (ANI)