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Congress leader Rawat rejects Kejriwal’s demand for public debate with PM, Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi/Pune, Oct.21 (ANI): Congress Party leader Harish Rawat on Sunday rejected anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal’s demand for a public debate between himself and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi on the issue of corruption.

Responding to Kejriwal’s demand which was aired on the micro-blogging site Twitter as a counter to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s verbal and written vitriol against him, Rawat said the prime minister had better things to do than to respond to the constant allegations of Kejriwal and his team.

“Our leadership has always worked for the people. For people like Kejriwal, who only play politics of allegations, the prime minister of this country will not come out and answer every time. God save the governance of this country if that happens. Then, we will need two prime ministers, one to reply to the allegations of people like Kejriwal and one to govern the country,” said Rawat.

In Pune, Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar said rumours and fake charges should not hamper governance.

“This saga of allegations has been going on since long. No prime minister or minister of this country has been able to escape it. So, these kinds of rumours and false allegations will continue to be levelled but because of them we can’t stop working. We will continue to counter such problems and keep moving ahead,” said Anwar.

Kejriwal’s posts on a micro blogging site twitter came a day after Singh had asked the India against Corruption (IAC) activist 27 questions.

Singh asked Kejriwal about foreign funding of an NGO with whom he is associated and violation of service rules while he was an Indian Revenue Service officer.

Singh had also called Kejriwal a “self-serving ambitious megalomaniac with scant regard for democracy”, also asked him why he “never raised” the issue of corruption in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states.

IAC, however, described the questions as diversionary tactics for switching the attention of the people from real issues of ever increasing corruption and the issues that affect their daily lives.

It said these questions will be placed before the people who would decide about them. (ANI)