Kejriwal slams Subramanian Swamy, calls him cunning

In the backdrop of Subramanian Swamy criticising the Aam Aadmi Party over its funds, party chief Arvind Kejriwal today called him a cunning person.

In an interview to CNN-IBN's Rajdeep Sardesai, Kejriwal lashed out at BJP and Swamy, saying, "We have nothing to hide when it comes to our funds. Subramanian Swamy is a cunning man."

Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

Arvind Kejriwal. AFP

"I don't understand how parties that have received donations above Rs 2,000 cr and that have not revealed the sources are pointing fingers at us. We have received only Rs 20 cr donations and have accounted for each penny," Kejriwal said and added, "It is the BJP that is getting foreign funds from persons of Indian origin and Swamy is pointing fingers at us."

Kejriwal said that if any discrepancies were found in AAP funds, he was ready to be punished.

About bringing change in the politics of this country, Kejriwal agreed that nothing can be done overnight. "We don't have a magic wand to magically make things right, but we have good intentions," Kejriwal said.

Asked how his party will find enough funds to implement new projects, Kejriwal said that it was a wrong idea that the country did not have enough funds.

"Money is spent on wrong things like fountains and beautification projects. People don't need fountains, they need sewers," Kejriwal said and added, "We will let the people decide how they want to utilise funds."

On issues of crimes against women Kejriwal said, "Many BJP and Congress candidates who are contesting in the Delhi polls have charges of crimes against women on them. How do you expect such people to protect women? Unless these people are removed from power women cannot become safe."

Kejriwal said that if AAP comes to power it will create vigilance committees comprising young men and women, headed by ex army officers, to ensure safety of women.

On the sting operation against AAP, Kejriwal said, "The sting was a 14 hr recording edited into 48 mins. There were lines that were cut out. In fact, the Election Commission has given a clean chit to AAP after going through the tapes."

Kejriwal also defended his meeting with Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza saying there was no proof that he issued a fatwa against author Tasleema Nasreen.

"I have asked the media and searched on the Internet for proof that the cleric issued a fatwa against Nasreen, but I found nothing. In fact, on Hindu and Muslim unity are exemplary," he said, adding, "It is the Congress and the BJP who poison Hindus and Muslims against each other."

Asked if he regrets joining politics, the AAP chief said, "Joining politics was the only way to fight corruption."

Refuting allegations of calling all netas thieves he said, "I never said all netas are thieves. I said most of them are," and added, "I am different from others. I am not a neta, or a party. I am an aam aadmi."