Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is under attack from Arvind Kejriwal, feels “an ant” cannot be a challenge to an elephant like Congress and says the activist is having a “pipe dream” of taking the space of big parties by trying to “destroy” them through allegations.

He says that Mr. Kejriwal, who faces allegations like foreign funding for his NGOs, should answer these instead of only throwing mud at others. Mr. Khurshid has been attacked by Mr. Kejriwal over alleged financial improprieties in an NGO run by him and his family.

In a free-wheeling interview, Mr. Khurshid strongly refuted charges that he threatened Mr. Kejriwal on his proposed visit to Farrukhabad. “Why would I have threatened Kejriwal? What for? What would I achieve? What do you think is his stature, status and personality that I would condescend to take him on?”

“He (Kejriwal) is too small, ...pathetically small to be in confrontation with our party. An ant does not destroy an elephant ...a hundred ants in an elephant trunk will not hurt an elephant,” Mr. Khurshid told PTI.

To questions whether he thinks that some new entrant in politics could be a beneficiary of corruption controversies surrounding both major political parties Congress and BJP, the Law Minister said, “This is a pipe-dream.”

“This is a pipe-dream that some people have that if they destroy everything that exists, parties that exist with a long years of history in a frenzy of unreasonable and senseless attack, those parties will disappear and the field will be clear for them.

“I think this kind of ‘destroy all’, this kind of ‘let us burn everything down’ characters, believe that in the ashes will grow a new India and the ashes of that new India will the opportunities to those little groups and parties to come to power. It is a pipe dream,” Mr. Khurshid said.

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