Minister behaving like a mafia don, say IAC members

The India Against Corruption members on Wednesday took umbrage to Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s remarks, challenging Arvind Kejriwal to lead a protest against the Minister in Farrukhabad, his constituency.

“Let him come to Farrukhabad but how will he go back,” the Minister is reported to have said in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday which was aired by some television channels. Mr. Khurshid later said he was “misquoted.”

While the Congress downplayed the remarks saying Mr. Kejriwal could go to the police if he felt threatened, the IAC members charged Mr. Khurshid with behaving like a “mafia don.”

Perceiving the Minister’s comments as a “threat to his life,” Mr. Kejriwal said at a press conference here that it did not behove well for the country’s Law Minister to use such language.

“My life is not in the hands of Salman Khurshid. It is in the hands of God. We will go to Farrukhabad and we will return from there as well,” he said in answer to a question adding that he was here for a mission and would not live for a day more when it was over.

He appealed to people to accompany him to Farrukhabad, where he will lead a protest to press his demand for the resignation of Mr. Khurshid as Law Minister in the face of alleged financial irregularities by a trust run by him.

Lawyer and IAC member Prashant Bhushan criticised Mr. Khurshid for “behaving like a mafia don.” “Does he think he is a mafia don by issuing such threats?”

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