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Kejriwal a self-serving megalomaniac: Digvijaya

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday came down heavily on India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2012 3:17 am

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday came down heavily on India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal,calling him a “self-serving ambitious megalomaniac with scant regard for democracy”. He also took a dig at him reminding him how he had sought to reach out to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to invite her to a conference and later to become a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by her.

In a letter to Kejriwal on Friday,Singh said,“You forced Anna to take the route of ‘my way or the highway’ and tried to steamroll the political process to meet only your own whims. When Y P Singh (retd IPS officer),your former colleague in civil society movement,called you a Hitler,I could see the streak in you. My opinion about you of a well meaning crusader of public issues has now changed to a ‘self serving ambitious megalomaniac with scant regard for democracy’. You couldn’t get along with Aruna Roy,who was your guru in RTI movement. Then you parted ways with Kiran Bedi and now,also with Anna,whom you used as a front to give your ambitions a touch of respectability.”

Recalling how he had met Kejriwal during a seminar at Berkeley University in San Francisco and was “quite impressed” by his commitment to the cause of RTI,Singh said they met again when Kejriwal,along with Swami Agnivesh,had approached him with a request to invite Congress president to a conference on RTI. “You were all praise for Sonia Gandhi whose political will ensured RTI Act that became a reality in India,” said the Congress general secretary.

“Then,you wanted to meet her and had requested me to propose your name for inclusion in the NAC. I did propose your name,but failed. She took Aruna Roy,who was your guru. A strong Lokpal was the next main item on the agenda of Congress president. She entrusted this task to NAC members Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander and directed them to draft a strong Lokpal Bill. I feel this was the time when you made up your mind to upstage NAC by bringing in Anna Hazare and force the government to engage you in drafting the Lokpal Bill. You could have waited for the draft being prepared by your guru Aruna Roy,” said Singh.

Singh said he was very happy that Kejriwal chose to form a political party and decided to fight elections. “In a Democracy,this is the only way to deliver in public life.”

In response to the letter,Kejriwal wrote on his Twitter account,“Digvijaya’s letter to me does not merit a response. Congress seems to be completely rattled and baffled. That is apparent from Digvijaya’s letter. Digvijaya seems Congress’s last resort.”

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