Gadkari slaps notice on Kejriwal
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari has slapped a legal notice on Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal for including his name in the latter's "India's Most Corrupt Politicians" list.
"You are hereby called upon to withdraw your defamatory and malicious remarks by publishing and publicly apologising before all news channels and withdrawing the name of my client (Gadkari) from the contents of news 'List of India's Most Corrupt' within three days of receipt of this legal notice, failing which my client will be constrained to take appropriate legal action against you including prosecuting you for criminal defamation at your risk, cost and consequences," said the notice sent on Gadkari's behalf.
Kejriwal on Friday named Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi among the 'Most Corrupt Politicians'.
Addressing the AAP's national executive meet that was called to discuss the draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill, party supremo Kejriwal took out a sheet of paper where he listed India's "Most Corrupt Politicians" and read out the names as his party members shouted in approval.
The list includes names of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal, former telecom minister A Raja, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and former Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi.
"People like Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi spent Rs 500 crore to build their brands. Now they will take that money back from the common man only. How can they promise to deliver good governance?" Kejriwal asked.
"We have to make sure that not a single corrupt politician or his family member manages to enter the House," he said.
Other names include Nitin Gadkari, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Praful Patel, BS Yeddyurappa, Veerappa Moily, MK Alagari, Kanimozhi, Salman Khurshid, Tarun Gogoi, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Pawan Bansal, Farooq Abdullah and Naveen Jindal.
(Posted on 01-02-2014)