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BJP mouthpiece alleges ‘dubious’ foreign funding of Kejriwal’s IAC

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A file picture of India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
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A file picture of India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Indian Against Corruption (IAC) has “dubious” foreign funding and his allegations against BJP President Nitin Gadkari were at the behest of his “masters”, party mouthpiece ‘Kamal Sandesh’ has alleged, a charge rejected by the social activist.

The editorial of the latest edition of Kamal Sandesh has alleged that Mr. Kejriwal has taken a “supari (contract)” from foreign sources and demanded that the Manmohan Singh government investigate the matter.

“After ruining the Anna Andolan and in pursuit of its naked ambition, Team Kejriwal is involved in a conspiracy to create suspicion about ‘democracy’ and by doing so it is definitely playing into the hands of those who have no attachment either to India or Bharat Mata,” the article said.

Mr. Kejriwal had recently alleged that Mr. Gadkari’s Purti Group has bought farmers’ land at cheap rates from the government and also got irrigation water from the dam in Gosikhurd area of Vidarbha diverted to his sugar factory.

“The main game of Mr. Kejriwal may be related to funding. The thing to be known is whether the funds belong to India or to the forces which want to weaken the country,” the publication said.

The editorial alleged that Mr. Kejriwal had distorted Mr. Gadkari’s words in his bid to earn respect by highlighting the shortcomings of others.

“One who could not remain loyal to Anna, how can he be loyal to the nation? He is engaged in digging holes in democracy with the help of foreign funds. Mr. Kejriwal has perhaps forgotten that democracy is deeply entrenched in the soul and body of the nation,” it said.

Mr. Kejriwal has refuted these allegations and asked the BJP to come clean on its funding in the last ten years.

“They have said we are being foreign funded. The list of all the donors to this movement is on our website. I challenge BJP, if they have the guts and courage, let BJP put the list of all the donors to the party for the last ten years,” he said.

Mr. Kejriwal said the BJP is “nervous, completely rattled and baffled“.

He said BJP should not hide behind the Income Tax law which says that there is no need to mention the names of those who have donated below Rs 20,000.

“Let them put the list of all the donors less than Rs 20,000 so that the country knows which are those coal beneficiaries or various other industrial beneficiaries who got various contracts from BJP and BJP—ruled states. We have put all the list on website. Let BJP also do it,” he said.

In the editorial, the BJP mouthpiece has firmly supported Mr. Gadkari and called Mr. Kejriwal’s allegations against him a “falsehood” and a “damp squib“.

“No one should doubt the maturity of the people of the country who can distinguish between reality and conspiracy, truth and falsehood, revolution and revelations, agitation and propaganda,” the editorial said.

It also states that ever since Mr. Kejriwal has announced his intention to join politics and contest elections, his “sensex has not only crashed down but also completely nosedived“.

The article has also praised NCP Chief and union minister Sharad Pawar for defending Mr. Gadkari against Mr. Kejriwal’s charges and described this as a “slap on the face” of the activist.

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BJP is at pains to explain its position; it's giving lame excuses and
is clearly out of its mind. It's a badly written editorial bereft of
any merit. Merely by saying 'no', it cannot achieve anything. Bringing
the charge of foreign money it is trying in vain to obfuscate the real
issue. One expected BJP to come clean on the serious allegations
levelled against its president. Instead, it is trying to shoot the
messenger. If Kejriwal is engaged in any wrong doing, by all means
proceed against him. For God sake respond to the specific allegations
instead of taking refuge under some inane things. We expected a better
response from this party with a difference. BJP should not have
offered this fallacious argument that since he could not remain loyal
to Anna, he could not be relied upon. Loyalty to nation is more
important than loyalty to an individual. The party is doing everything
except answering the allegation. This shows the party in a very poor
light.

from:  NC Sinha
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 11:18 IST

There is high level of collution between BJP and Congress. Hand in glove is what i would say.

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Oct 31, 2012 at 15:25 IST

For those who are in this decade of scams the line that divided the Congress party and the BJP is getting thinner and thinner with the passing of every day. There is no possibility of a viable third front as such attempts in the past have fizzled out.The need for a third force, untried and untied so far with any dirty baggages,is growing day by day. Here comes the relevance of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal as a potential challenger and replcement to both the national parties, one saddled with lack of leadership and another with internal battle for leadership slot with new baggages of scams and financial misconducts.Having started a political outfit Kejriwal should concentrate on building up a clean image right from the beginning and expand base throughout the country and be battle ready. In today's scenario, people's only hope to instal a government with a clean image largely rests on him. Hope his team will meet the challenge and becoms an agent of change, the country hopes for.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Oct 31, 2012 at 10:32 IST

BJP can release their funding like IAC does and also the reason for its NDA
government altering companies act for corporate donation being made. time to dig
BJP and corporate nexus using corporate funding being availed, benefits given etc.,
BJP is completely stumped by rise of IAC. Atlast, we have some credible alternative
to BJP otherwise, being hand in glove with congress - both have decided to plunder
nation. one in secular way and another lip service to hindutva. Both parties never
fought #2G nor coalgate nor CVC nor black money in court. all they did is to be melo
dramatic.

from:  nirguna
Posted on: Oct 31, 2012 at 09:44 IST

Highly turbulent political weather, thanks to the storm created by Anna Hazare, Mr. Kejriwal and group. This is an opportunity for people to make decisions based on facts and make a good choice in the next leader / party. These storms don't come frequently and making the best use of it, lies with the people.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 18:26 IST

The leaders of BJP who were happy till Congress was being attacked have now begin to feel the heat generated by the exposure of Gadkari,and are leveling baseless allegations against Kejriwal ,knowing fully well that it is Congress government which has initiated inquiry against Gadkari.Only thing Kejriwal has done is to highlight the conspiracy of silence between the political parties.

from:  RAKESH SHARDA
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 17:18 IST

The BJP is now following the same path which the Congress followed when the Anti Corruption movement was at its peak in Delhi. The people are not fools that they wont understand these moves. I think by now its been amply well understood and convinced the people of this country that this Govt is probably the most corrupt govt in the history of the nation. And pointing fingers at Kiran Bedi or Kejriwal or Anna wont help either the ruling party or the opposition parties. The future will decide the fate of this govt.. lets wait and see.

from:  Jerry Lewis
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 16:40 IST

Will this change the status of Nitin Gadkari for the corruption charges.
The fact is these politicians are diverting the attention. Let us look
at the corruption charges leveled , let Nitin Gadkari give his
explanation to the country. Why is he silent on the charges other than
just denying.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 15:59 IST
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