Will reveal more on Vadra: Kejriwal
Even as Arvind Kejriwal was busy on Delhi streets protesting the sharp hike in power tariff in the past one year on Monday morning, the India Against Corruption (IAC) activist tweeted that he planned to reveal more on businessman Robert Vadra at a press conference in New Delhi at 5pm on Tuesday.
"DLF granted favors to Sh Robert Vadra. What favors did Haryana Govt grant DLF? How is DLF reply a bunch of lies? Will speak tomo at 5pm," tweeted the activist minutes after the businessman married into the powerful Gandhi family closed his facebook account. It may be recalled that he first posted his clarification on the social networking site.
"What do you call mango people in banana republic, aam adami?" asked Vadra before he suspended his facebook account. However, Kejriwal responded to Vadra's question with a tweet that went: "Evidence pouring in from mango men from across the country. Mango men wud prove to be nemesis for the "powerful".
Kejriwal's aide Manish Sisodia later clarified Kejriwal's comment, saying more and more new documents were pouring in on the Vadra case. "We shall reveal them publicly on Tuesday."
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxists) has said a thorough must be carried out in the case. Speaking to mediapersons, CPI(M) politburo member MA Baby, CPI(M) said, "Prima facie, without any quid pro quo transactions involving such huge sums could not have taken. All we are saying that now that the issue is in the public domain, a thorough investigation should be carried out."
Further, the Congress ally DMK refused to give its opinion on the Vadra case, saying it did not have enough material on the quid pro quo. However, a Trinamool leader commented on the Congress silence saying, "Dal mein kuch kala hai", even as BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "The BJP expects the Congress to come clean on the matter."
Government can't probe issue: Chidambaram
Ruling out any probe into business dealings between Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty major DLF, finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the government cannot look into private transactions unless there are specific allegations of corruption.
"...unless there is a specific allegation of quid pro quo or corruption, I am afraid private transactions cannot and ought not to be allowed to be questioned on the basis of imputations and insinuations", he said while responding to a question on the Vadra-DLF deals at the Economic Editors' Conference in Delhi.
Kiran Bedi frustrated
Meanwhile, former top cop and also an IAC activist Kiran Bedi reacted to the controversy on twitter saying, "When Vadra kind of allegations come in public domain, Courts, Sebi, Department of Corporate Affairs, Share Holders,can take initiatives! Provided--?"
Earlier, Bedi tweeted: "It nearly impossible for a poor student to get an unsecured loan of even Rs 5,000 for a vocational course! Despite rules for banks to give!"
Pawar backs Vadra
A day earlier on Sunday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar criticised the IAC activist's revelations, asking "why does he not going to court?" Kejriwal has levelled charges of accumulation of vast wealth by Robert Vadra, a businessman married into the poewrful Gandhi family, in three years between 2007-2010.