Kejriwal's latest crusade: reveals Amarinder & family's Swiss account details
Aam Aadmi Party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently on an 11-day tour of Punjab, which observers say is crucial to the party's fortunes in next year's Assembly elections.
Not only is the tour a chance for Kejriwal to boost the morale of the party's cadres, but it's also a great opportunity to challenge the Congress, which has emerged as its main rival, on different issues.
But this is Kejriwal - so some stunning revelations have to be the order of the day. And true to form, Kejriwal has come out with what he claims to be the Swiss bank account details of Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh and his family. He claimed the family stashed huge amounts of 'ill-gotten' money during Amarinder's tenure as Punjab Chief Minister from 2002-2007.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan had earlier levelled the same allegations against Amarinder.
In response, Amarinder called Kejriwal a paid agent of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
At a gathering at Kotshamir in Bathinda, Kejriwal revealed the account details of Amarinder's wife and former Union minister Preneet Kaur and their son Raninder Singh. Kejriwal said Preneet Kaur opened an account on 26 July 2005, bearing the number 509018445. He said Raninder's account was opened on the same day, numbered 5090184484.
Kejriwal further said that besides these accounts, they had also formed a trust to transfer their money, and the account number of their trust was 5090284483.
He challenged Amarinder to file a defamation case if the information was wrong. He also challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back the black money stashed by Amarinder and his family.
"Instead of going after the poor people and the common man, Modi should go after people like Amarinder to bring back the black money stashed in foreign accounts," Kejriwal said.
He also asked Modi why he did not go after the Badals (Chief Minister Parkash Singh and his deputy and son Sukhbir), who have the biggest chunk of black money.
"Badals, during the last 10 years of misrule, amassed huge money due to their control on almost all businesses, including transport, cable, mining, liquor etc.." Kejriwal said.
The issue is likely to be raised by AAP at every political rally in the days to come. It had failed to enthuse the people when Khetan had raised it earlier this year, but it remains to be seen whether AAP, which is known for its anti-corruption politics, can make it a key election issue.