Kejriwal targets Modi, alleges favouritism in giving away gas wells, land allotments
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Says some of the 'proof' came from Sanjiv Bhatt
Sourcing documents from suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt whose wife Sweta is the Congress candidate against Narendra Modi, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal made a slew of corruption allegations against the Gujarat Chief Minister. He accused Modi of giving gas wells to companies with alleged dubious antecedents, and of decisions aimed to benefit the Adani group.
Kejriwal also alleged that Modi had distributed land in Gandhinagar for a pittance to MPs and MLAs across parties who then sold off the land at hefty prices. Questioned by the court on the allotments, the CM, he alleged, had made similar allotments to judges to ensure that the matter is "never taken up for hearing again".
Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is awaiting registration by the Election Commission, claimed that he was making the "expose" in public interest. He did not rule out visiting Gujarat ahead of the elections and alleged that the acrimony between Modi and the Congress party is just an eyewash. "They are partners in corruption," he alleged.
According to Kejriwal, a company owned by a Canadian not only received benefits from Modi in Gujarat but also from UPA government at the Centre.
While most documents that Kejriwal furnished as "proof" are public documents like the CAG report and annual reports of companies, he claimed some were supplied to him by suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. "He approached me some time back with these documents that revealed Modi's corruption. What beats me though is why his wife who is contesting elections against the Chief Minister could not have raised these matters herself or why he did not choose to give them to the Congress party which has given a ticket to his wife," Kejriwal said.
Asked about the possibility of AAP being used as a pawn to further the electoral interests of Shweta Bhatt, lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the decision to make the allegations public was taken only after they were convinced that there was truth in the matter.