Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP adds Sonia, Modi to ‘corrupt’ list

The party had named 28 in that list on Friday, including Rahul Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari and Mayawati, inviting questions as to why it had kept out Modi’s name.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Updated: February 2, 2014 8:47 am
Kejriwal's corrupt list included names of top political leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh and P Chidambaram. (PTI) Kejriwal’s corrupt list included names of top political leaders Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal, Mayawati, Mulayam Singh and P Chidambaram. (PTI)

The Aam Aadmi Party has added the names of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to its list of “corrupt” politicians against whom it would field candidates. The party had named 28 in that list on Friday, including Rahul Gandhi, Nitin Gadkari and Mayawati, provoking questions as to why it had kept out Modi’s name.

Gopal Rai, a member of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee, said Sonia and Modi were “leaders of political parties that symbolise corruption”. “Their names were suggested by party workers after Arvind Kejriwal’s speech on Friday morning. We will put up strong candidates against all the people on the list, and we will continue to add names,” he said.

Rai added that apart from “corrupt” politicians, they would continue to field candidates against politicians facing criminal cases, and those who represent dynasty politics. “It is these three ills that the party will look to fight in the Lok Sabha elections,” said Rai.

The party is planning a “volunteer drive” from February 5 to recruit five lakh volunteers before the Lok Sabha elections, apart from a countrywide ‘Jhadu Yatra’ starting February 15. “If the other parties have  Rs 500 crore budgets, we will combat  them on the basis of our volunteer strength, like we did in Delhi,” said Rai.

Senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav clarified the party’s stance on khap panchayats and said it drew the line “where coercion began”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comment that these could not be banned had drawn flak. “His stand and that of the party is identical,” said Yadav. “It is to say that khap panchayats are like social organisations which exist in every society of this country which seek to resolve disputes amicably. These exist as not all problems can be taken to courts. Therefore, if there is consent on the decision from all parties involved, it is fine. However, the Aam Aadmi Party does not and will never accept coercion, breaking the law and murder. We believe in the Constitution and the right to freedom, equality, including gender equality.”
Questioned about the party’s stance on Telangana, Yadav said they were “in principle for smaller states”.

“However, we insist that the unique character of Hyderabad be kept, and that an amicable solution for all people be found.”

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    B.Mitra
    Feb 2, 2014 at 10:52 am
    i support Amadmi Party regarding political corruption India.
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      ankit mrankitanks
      Feb 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm
      that will most likely happen.. provided that they dont get complacent and keep their basics right.
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        Usha
        Feb 2, 2014 at 2:02 pm
        This AK is sick to the core! I hope, for the sake of India, that he and his party self-destruct very very soon.
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          Usha
          Feb 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm
          You pray for AKs Intentions and goodwill? Can’t you really not see what he is up to? Hope you come out of this hypnotic state and see the truth before it is too late?
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            true indian
            Feb 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
            sun to saari ladkiyo yeh khujleewaal kya karne wala hai women security ko lekar.. ahls AAP party
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              true indian
              Feb 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
              sun to saari ladkiyo yeh khujleewaal kya karne wala hai women security ko lekar.. ahls AAP party
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                Raj
                Feb 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm
                AAP should add Arvind Kejriwal in the morally bankrupt list
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                  Nia Bansal
                  Feb 3, 2014 at 7:47 am
                  Let him prove it. The easiest thing in the world is throw stones at others..
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                    Nia Bansal
                    Feb 3, 2014 at 7:47 am
                    Let him prove it. The easiest thing in the world is throw stones at others..
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                      extremetech
                      Feb 10, 2014 at 5:45 am
                      If AAP did not take support....why did they not reject...the vote of congress...on the floor of the house....jab voting ho rai thi ??
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                        karun
                        Feb 2, 2014 at 11:03 am
                        We would like to add Somnath Bharti, Prashanthi Bhusan in this list. Arvind Kejriwal being CM of Delhi has offered so much freebies which is indirect bribe. Hence, he will be on the top of the list from AAP politicians & first two will follow the list. This is AAM AAdmi choice of list. Pls add this AK.
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                          jai
                          Feb 3, 2014 at 7:45 am
                          Mere protests and no governance. Oppose to everything but no policy for improvement. Only allegation but no actions to rectify existing flaws. NO vision for youth, no vision for country, no vision for 'foreign policy', no vision for rural development & most imp no experience of implementing good governance & benefiting people
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                            jai
                            Feb 3, 2014 at 7:45 am
                            Mere protests and no governance. Oppose to everything but no policy for improvement. Only allegation but no actions to rectify existing flaws. NO vision for youth, no vision for country, no vision for 'foreign policy', no vision for rural development & most imp no experience of implementing good governance & benefiting people
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                              L Sahoo
                              Feb 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm
                              Arvind K and AAP are only hope and future for this country to root out corruption and make India progressed. I salute Arvind's determination to strive India out of clutches of greedy and killer politicians.
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                                L Sahoo
                                Feb 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm
                                Arvind K and AAP are only hope and future for this country to root out corruption and make India progressed. I salute Arvind's determination to strive India out of clutches of greedy and killer politicians.
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                                  AP
                                  Feb 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm
                                  Politics 101: When you aren't doing anything worth mentioning on a daily basis, throw mud on those who are trying! AAPs transformation into a true political party has begun!
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                                    A.Pranathi
                                    Feb 3, 2014 at 7:44 am
                                    Daily drama by AAP to grab media headlines with of course help of media.
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                                      A.Pranathi
                                      Feb 3, 2014 at 7:44 am
                                      Daily drama by AAP to grab media headlines with of course help of media.
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                                        Bratty
                                        Feb 2, 2014 at 11:54 am
                                        Its amazing how a person call anything to anyone!! Someone please give English dictionary to Kejriwal and tell him the meaning of "Corrupt"!!!
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                                          indian
                                          Feb 3, 2014 at 6:57 am
                                          Indigenous Talibani with AK in place of AK-47
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                                            indian
                                            Feb 3, 2014 at 6:57 am
                                            Indigenous Talibani with AK in place of AK-47
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