New Delhi: A day after calling Arvind Kejriwal 'Hitler', Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh stepped up his attack on the activist by posing a number of questions to him raising doubts about off-shore funding of his NGO and asking why he never raised issue of corruption in BJP-ruled states. Why never stood against BJP-ruled states: Digvijay asks Kejriwal Kejriwal on Saturday rubbished Singh's claim that he had lobbied for an entry into Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) seven years ago, saying he has never approached anyone for this. JPN/Agencies
A day after shooting off a letter to Kejriwal in which the Congress leader described him as a "self-serving ambitious megalomaniac having "streak" of Hitler, Singh on Saturday sent the activist a list of 27 questions asking him to "respond to them with clarity and honesty as you demand from others."
"Why there are no details of individual donors and Corporate donors on any website of your NGOs....Is it a fact that the NGO, Kabir, with whom you are closely associated, received 172000 USD and 197000 USD from Ford Foundation in 2005 and 2009 respectively?
"Was this foreign money used to organise seminars, advocacy, discussions, programmes, social media campaigns and publicity material related to the issue of corruption?" Singh asked.
The AICC leader also sought to know Kejriwal's "relationship with US based NGO Avaaz" which, he said, has been funding civil disobedience movement in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Singh said, "What is the logistical and other support your anti-corruption movement received from Avaaz?"
In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding land deals of some of Kejriwal's associates including Prashant Bhusan and Anjali Damania, Singh asked the activist whether he will be "willing to take responsibility as a leader and resign from IAC or give up public life, if any of his staff members of colleagues in the IAC are found to have been involved in any irregularity."
Singh reminded while Kejriwal asked for the resignation of Law Minister Salman Khurshid for irregularity committed by people working in his Trust, he "never objected when Anna Hazare said that he cannot be held responsible for the action of colleagues/office-bearers in Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Trust".
Singh, a known detractor of Kejriwal, also sought to know from him as to why he "never raised issue of corruption in the BJP-ruled states" though local press and political parties and CAG have reported cases of corruption there.
"You have been asking for Jan Lokpal in Government of India but have not questioned Narendra Modi, who has successfully blocked appointment of Lokayuktas in Gujarat since 2002. Would be please explain, why?", he asked.
Singh also asked some questions related to Kejriwal and his wife's service tenure and rules saying "you have always preached that we, politicians, should not violate rules and regulations but to the best of my knowledge, you have violated provisions of All India Service Rules yourself.
"Is it a fact that in your entire service of 20 years in Indian Revenue Service, you never served outside Delhi even though the norms of the service are that all IRS officers serve a posting only for three years in a place? Is it a fact that even your wife, who is also an IRS officer, has never served outside Delhi?
"Is it a fact that any serving officer, who goes on study leave for two years with full pay has to submit a full report of his study to the Government? Is it a fact that you did not submit a full report but only an interim report with a promise to submit a full report later, which you never did," he asked.
Singh sought to know whether Kejriwal, while in service, took permission from the ministry to receive foreign and private funds for his NGO. "As a serving officer of IRS did you take permission of Government to form your NGO?, Singh asked
Singh further asked Kejriwal, "Is it a fact that you took a cheque of Rs 2 crore to Anna Hazare and he refused to accept as he felt collection was much more? A senior member of your Core Committee has alleged that you have misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 20 crore. Why you have not responded to this charge?"
Digvijay calls Kejriwal ‘Hitler’
Arvind Kejriwal is a "self-serving ambitious megalomaniac having "streak" of Hitler, Digvijay Singh had alleged on Friday in the sharpest attack on the activist.
Seeking to turn the table on Kejriwal, the Congress leader said he would also be posing him questions on Saturday and asked Kejriwal whether he would dismiss like RSS, Anna Hazare and Ramdev the "uncomfortable" questions asked to them by him.
In a letter to Kejriwal, Singh said "when YP Singh (Retd IPS), 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," he said.
Digvijay Singh claimed Kejriwal 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".
Kejriwal wanted me to recommend him for NAC: Digvijay
He claimed Kejriwal wanted him to recommend his name for being made a member of the National Advisory Council.
"You wanted to meet her (Sonia Gandhi) and had requested me to propose your name for inclusion in the NAC. I did propose your name but failed. She took Aruna Roy," Singh said.
"I have never approached anyone for NAC. I never had any desire for being a member of NAC," Kejriwal said when asked about Singh's claims that he along with Swami Agnivesh had met him for help in getting into NAC in 2005-06.
New Delhi: A day after calling Arvind Kejriwal 'Hitler', Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh stepped up his attack on the activist by posing a number of questions to him raising doubts about off-shore funding of his NGO and asking why he never raised issue of corruption in BJP-ruled states.
Why never stood against BJP-ruled states: Digvijay asks Kejriwal
Kejriwal on Saturday rubbished Singh's claim that he had lobbied for an entry into Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) seven years ago, saying he has never approached anyone for this.