5.40 pm Kejriwal says he got information from Sanjiv Bhatt
Responding to a question on where he got this information about Modi, Kejriwal reveals that it was given to him by suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Incidentally Bhatt’s wife is running against Modi in the Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad.
This could be used by the BJP to discredit this latest ‘expose’ but Kejriwal took care to mention that they had verified all the information before going public.
Kejriwal after revealing the information said however that he did not understand why Sanjiv or his wife did not expose it. “I wonder why Gujarat Congress was not given the material”
And of course, the AAP leader had an opinion on FDI, which is being debated in the Lok Sabha right now: “FDI in retail a tamasha. This will be a monopoly by Wal-Mart. Farmers will get less for their produce and middlemen will stay”
5:15 pm: Modi extended favours to dubious petroleum firm
Kejriwal has accused the Modi government of extending favours to a dubious firm called GeoGlobal.
He also claims Gujarat state petroleum corporation gave stakes in oil wells to dubious firms causing crores of loss to the exchequer
He is also accusing the Modi government of giving favours to Adani. The company he says received land at below market rates. This is something that governments do regularly to attract investment.
Prashant Bhushan adds: “A perception was created that while other bjp leaders might be corrupt, Modi is honest. These documents tell us Modi is also corrupt. Modi institutionalised corruption in Gujarat by giving land on concessional rates to MPs and MLAs.”
5:00 pm: Modi has stakes in KG Basin
Kejriwal had earlier targeted billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries,UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari as well as the government for neglecting NSG commandos.
He had even taken on the issue of black money stashed abroad in his last expose and accused a foreign bank of encouraging corruption in India.
After launching his party’s campaign in Maharashtra on Sunday, Kejriwal is also all set to release a “Black Paper” on irrigation in Raigad district’s Roha – which is the political stronghold of irrigation minister Sunil Tatkare.
A party release last Thursday said that the black paper illustrates what a genuine white paper on irrigation over the past decade should have ideally looked like and will highlight the issues that ought to have been addressed.
The most important aspect of the Black Paper is its exposing the modus operandi of how the irrigation scam was perpetuated by the politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus, it said.