Kejriwal Names Modi, Farooq Abdullah Among 20 'top corrupt' netas


NEW DELHI — Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who received a notice for spending more in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly polls, has slammed Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi for spending crores on creating a 'brand'. He even released a list of over 20 high profile Indian politicians he described as corrupt and said his anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would target them in an upcoming general election.

Addressing the Aam Aadmi Party's national executive committee meet here, Kejriwal said, "I have made a list of corrupt people. This is just the beginning and the list will grow. I am presenting the list in front of you, and you decide whether these people should be voted or not."

Kejriwal went on to name former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, cabinet ministers Sushikumar Shinde, P. Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid, M. Veerappa Moily, Kapil Sibal, Kamal Nath, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Praful Patel and Sharad Pawar, Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi, BSP chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, central minister Farooq Abdullah, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, DMK's Kanimozhi, BJP's Ananth Kumar and B.S. Yeddyurappa and BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

After he finished with the names, a section of the audience took Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's name. Prompted, Kejriwal took Gandhi's name too, only to be greeted by his supporters' vocal approval.

Nearly 400 AAP leaders and senior members gathered from all over India roared "No!" in unison in response to his earlier question whether these people should be voted to parliament.

Kejriwal, who took over as Delhi's chief minister Dec 28, went on to attack Modi -- the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate -- and Rahul Gandhi over their campaign expenditure.

"They spend Rs.500 crore for Modi's brand. Will those who spend so much on brand ever be able to give an honest government?" asked Kejriwal.

Kejriwal said the Congress and the BJP should make it public from where they get the financial resources on building the image of their prospective prime ministers.

"We have to ensure that no corrupt person is elected to parliament."

All the politicians Kejriwal has accused have denied any charges of corruption.

Farooq Abdullah said he will approach court and give "answer" to Arvind Kejriwal for mentioning his name in his list of "corrupt" politicians.

"I am happy that my name figured in the list. I will go to the court and answer... I will ask him (Kejriwal) also," Abdullah told reporters.

Cases take years, if not decades, to wind through India's notoriously slow judicial system.

The AAP's success in Delhi has led to huge interest in Kejriwal and the party up and down India, where voters seem to be thirsty for change after 10 years of scandal-prone rule by a Congress party-led coalition.

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