Kejriwal Lashes Out Again

Only a few days since the Cabinet Reshuffle made news, the politics seem to take their nasty turn again. After a series of allegations made on Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid for illegal activities and corruption, Kejriwal is back with new information, attacking the government and HSBC in India.

On Friday, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal raised the issue of black money that was concealed by top industrialists Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Congress MP Annu Tandon and JET Airways owner Naresh Goyal, in Swiss accounts in HSBC, Geneva.

No matter what, Arvind Kejriwal appears to be grabbing eye-balls with all his statements. What began as an anti-corruption movement has turned into a war, where both sides are doing everything in their power to undermine the other.

The BJP seems to have benefited from the attacks by IAC (India Against Corruption) on the Congress. It has joined forces with the IAC against the Congress government, demanding it to release the names of all those having accounts in foreign banks and not protect the big corporates.

Instead of providing any valid proof, Kejriwal and his party are busy “exposing” all these corrupt industrialists, defaming them for his own purpose. While being someone who envisioned a corruption-free nation, his actions have taken a backseat, and it’s just his allegations which have survived. In attacking a particular party, he has overlooked the larger picture, and his vision has become solely unidirectional.

However, it cannot be denied that the government has indeed defended these people during the income tax raids in 2011, on receiving the list of all these people. Out of 700 people mentioned on the list, only 100 of them were raided and they were still people with smaller accounts, letting those with bigger amounts get away.

Not to mention that none of them were penalized, and the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee tried to obscure Ambani’s illegitimate accounts; of course while everybody has denied all allegations imposed on them, and the Ambani’s have declared that they hold no accounts in HSBC, Geneva, the facts seem to point in a different direction and reveal that Reliance has dealings with HSBC and they do have Swiss accounts.

Though his intentions may be questionable, Kejriwal has yet again laid bare the corrupt system in India, which works only for those in power. He has used his attacks against the Congress to win support for his own party, being a politician. It appears that the politics just cannot escape you once you enter their world. Personal benefits take precedence over public welfare, costing the lives of many.

Kejriwal may have accused these people for being responsible for the pitiable condition of India, but this is not enough. The issue should be taken up legitimately in front of the government so that solutions may be withdrawn and the guilty punished.

Tanvi Hans

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