NEW DELHI: Congress stepped up attack on India Against Corruption (IAC), with general secretary Digvijay Singh shooting off a letter toArvind Kejriwal and calling him “a self-serving ambitious megalomaniac with scant regard for democracy”.
Singh reminded Kejriwal that he had lobbied him to get into Sonia Gandhi-chaired National Advisory Council (NAC) but turned against the party to upstage his mentor Aruna Roy, who not only made it to the prime body but also given the task to draft the Lokpal Bill.
The AICC leader accused Kejriwal of using Anna Hazare to gain respectability and said he had parted ways with all his associates — be it Aruna Roy or Kiran Bedi. “When YP Singh, your former colleague in civil society movement, called you a Hitler, I could see the streak in you,” he wrote.
The face-off may get worse with Singh expressing desire to ask Kejriwal “uncomfortable” questions from Saturday. In response Kejriwal tweeted, “Congress seems to be completely rattled and baffled. This is apparent from Digvijay’s letter. Digvijay seem to be Congress’s last resort.”
While Kejriwal is in the Congress crosshairs since he accused Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra of misusing his political clout for land deals, the party has ramped up attacks against him now. Congress thinks he is vulnerable in the wake of internecine war among activists and withBJP too questioning his methods after his attack on party chief Nitin Gadkari.
The Congress aggression seems to be a retaliatory action to attacks on the leadership, with Kejriwal’s accusation against Vadra opening a can of worms. INLD chief OP Chautala has accused Rahul Gandhi of dubious land deals, and now the names of other family members are also being bandied about.
The Youth Congress held protests in all the districts of Haryana, burning effigies of Chautala. “We held protests across Haryana to warn Chautala that he desists from such low-level politics. Else, we would intensify our campaign,” said Jitendra Baghel, IYC state in-charge.
AICC spokesman Manish Tewari attacked IAC of being a factional arm of a divided BJP, questioning the need to attack Gadkari over old allegations when the focus should have been on Narendra Modi facing elections in Gujarat and accused of “scam of Rs one lakh crore in 11 years”.
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