Read the full-text of Kejriwal’s claims and speech here:
6.10pm: BJP might have found a horse, but Kejriwal won’t be easy to tame!
The BJP lost no time, as usual, to come out with sharpened knives against Vadra. Spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman seemed to have a press statement ready as she addressed the media, right after Kejriwal’s presser ended. “The country should not take this lightly. And ministers shouldn’t have come out in defence of the wrong doer,” she echoed.
However, that didn’t get the party into the good books of Kejriwal. The latter, in fact, lashed out at the party and almost admonished them by telling, “Don’t do politics.” Asked if he has implicated Priyanka Gandhi in the case, Kejriwal said that the BJP has brought the issue up, not him. “They said that Priyanka Gandhi might have some shady property issues in Himachal Pradesh. They wanted me to probe it. I told them, don’t do politics. The state has your government. Find out yourself!” This one, the BJP might have realised by now, is a cookie tougher than Didi!
5.50pm: Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi does a Mamata Banerjee, smells a ‘conspiracy’
The Congress spokesperson, evidently, has a very difficult job at hand. First, he questions the credibility of the ‘documents’ furnished by Kejriwal, somehow choosing to dismiss the fact that Kejriwal had cited a Punjab HC document. “He is doing all this for publicity. Why has he not sent the documents to the government. Why has he not moved court. Why did he have to call a press conference to reveal the contents of this ‘document’? If anyone turns up at the doors of the juduciary, law would have taken its course and his doubts would have been quelled. However, he didn’t do any such thing! Why?”
With a new party, his mentor disowning him and questions about his ‘ambitions’, Kejriwal might have just needed this to give his own public image a makeover, but one has to consider the fact that he is no idiot to make up such serious allegations from nowhere!
5.15pm: Kejriwal questions why all the ministers are running to get Robert Vadra‘s back
Again, this might be a question that has been fleeting in and out of your head, ever since Salman Khurshid made an appearance to TV to explain how ‘deals are made on golf courses’ and how DLF might have loaned Rs 65 crore out to Vadra because they simply trusted him! Kejriwal reiterates your suspicion by asking why everyone from the law minister, finance minister and the corporate affairs minister are in a hurry to save DLF’s back. “Why are all the country’s ministers rushing out in defence of the company and Vadra? Why can’t they come and talk themselves? It’s time we changed the politics of the country!” he said. Kejriwal might have got a point there. If the government is in a hurry to dissociate itself from a business deal between DLF and Vadra, continuously emphasising the fact that Vadra is an ‘independent’ businessman, why then, are they out, all guns blazing to get his back?
5.15 pm: Kejriwal takes a dig at P Chidambaram’s defence of Robert Vadra
Demanding the Haryana governmemt bring a white paper on the deals between DLF and the state over the past ten years, a shrewdly reflective Kejriwal also questioned the possibility of the same. “When a country’s finance minister runs to the defence of these people flaunting how clean Robert Vadra’s IT records are, we can only guess how transparent a white paper will be.”
5.15 pm: Haryana govt gave land to DLF because it was the only company which had experience in making a golf course
You might wonder what an experience in making a golf course might have to do with setting up an SEZ? If the question is nagging you, you and Arvind Kejriwal think alike. In his press conference, Kejriwal revealed that the Rs 1,750 cr-worth land was given to DLF on the clause that they were the only company which had experience in making a golf course. Other bids from companies like Unitech, which were higher, were rejected based on this apparently inexplicably flimsy clause!
5.00 pm: Kejriwal takes yet another dig at Vadra’s ‘mango people’ comment
Kejriwal reads out from a Haryana and Punjab High Court document, which reportedly mentions the Haryana government and the DLF as tied in some sort of a nexus. The activist-turned-politician then goes on to say that once the DLF had acquired the land, it made Robert Vadra a 50 percent shareholder in their company, within a year.
5.00 pm: Kejriwal releases press statement with details of land deals between DLF and Haryana government
If TV reporters are to be believed, Arvind Kejriwal is all set to shed light on how Robert Vadra has presumably used his clout to secure deals from the Haryana government for the DLF. Reportedly, 300 acres of land, meant to build a hospital, was given away to DLF to build a SEZ.
4:45 pm: Kejriwal silent through the day on Twitter
The anti-corruption activist who has been active on Twitter has remained silent today. He’s likely saving his energy for the upcoming press conference.
He could also address the incident in Delhi, where IAC volunteers and Congress activists got into a scuffle over the former distributing pamphlets.
India Against Corruption, his organisation has however put up a Facebook post in which they have promised everyone more juicy details.
“Today some more revelations about the politician-corporate nexus will be made. Evidence has been pouring in from the ‘Mango man’ since past few days. Today our efforts will bear fruit once again.
The live telecast will be available at www.iaclive.com (last time it could not function properly due to bandwidth issues, now the problem has been sorted out),” the group said on its website.
4:30 pm: Left’s AB Bardhan calls for probe against Vadra
The Left, which has largely been left alone after Kejriwal’s sensational allegations, has called for investigations into Vadra’s land holdings and the financial assistance he received from DLF.
Will he think differently after Kejriwal’s press conference?
4:00 pm: No new target for Kejriwal today?
Times Now reports that Kejriwal would perhaps content himself with just revealing new allegations against Vadra today.
He’ll leave his next target for tomorrow, the channel reports. Who will it be? Neither Kejriwal nor the channel are saying.
3:45 pm :What is expected from Kejriwal today
After the allegations against Robert Vadra last week have raised a furore in Indian politics unlike anything in recent times, anti-corruption activist and Indian politics’ latest entrant Arvind Kejriwal is set to address a press conference at 5 pm.
And after the last press conference, the least we can expect from Kejriwal is something as sensational as the allegations made against Vadra. Kejriwal has promised to reveal more against the son-in-law of the Congress party president, though he’s been pretty cagey about what kind of information he will be giving out.
His ‘proof’ against Vadra has largely relied on filings with the Registrar of Companies. Has he managed to get something more substantial?
Kejriwal’s demand for an investigation against Vadra has also been met with disdain from the Congress-led government which has ruled out being linked to Vadra, who they say is a private individual. But few private individuals have had the law minister and Finance Minister coming to their defence in the past.
He’s also promised to ‘expose’ another political figure during the press conference today and after his allegations against Vadra one thing’s for certain, there are no holy cows in Indian politics for this man. While many expect he could target someone from the BJP, just to show he’s not taking any sides, it’s not certain that this is his game plan.
As a primer to the coverage of the day’s revelations here’s some of what Firstpost has said about the controversy involving Vadra: