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Will not spare anyone found involved in corruption: Arvind Kejriwal

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 11:31pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday made it clear that his government will not spare those found involved in corruption irrespective of party affiliations as the Aam Aadmi Party was formed to root out graft from politics.

"Let me assure you that we will investigate and prosecute charges of corruption against everyone, irrespective of party affiliations," he said in reply to the confidence motion in the assembly.

The chief minister said his government was determined to take stringent action against anyone corrupt whether in the previous Congress government, MCDs controlled by the BJP and or anybody in his government.

In his nearly 20-minute long speech, Kejriwal emphasised that he would continue his fight against corruption vigorously as AAP was formed to uproot corruption from politics.

"I want to assure the house that anyone found corrupt whether those in the last 15 years of the Congress government or MCDs or our own government, we will take stringent action against them," he said.

"We are not here to save this government. We had formed the party to cleanse politics of the country. Today, the politics is entrenched in graft. Two years ago, we demanded that the system should be freed from corruption. Then politicians ridiculed us. They challenged us to contest elections. We took the challenge and on December 4, a miracle had taken place.

"The aam aadmi had won. I did not believe in God but I now do. I believe that truth can never lose," Kejriwal said.

Earlier, senior BJP leader Harsh Vardhan questioned the government's commitment in initiating probe into allegations of corruption during the previous Congress government.

"Kejriwal had promised to investigate the scams during Congress regimes. But now he has stopped talking about as the AAP government has been given support by the Congress," Vardhan said.

In his speech, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said government was free to conduct inquiry into any allegation and that his party has already made its stand clear on the issue.

"It is the responsibility of the government to conduct inquiry into allegations of corruption. We have already conveyed it to AAP when they sought our views on 18 points," he said.

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