AAP to field candidates against Sonia, Modi, Rahul
New Delhi: Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused him of being corrupt and said the party will field candidates against him, UPA ministers and leaders of other parties.
He also took a jibe at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the Congress Vice-President for spending over "Rs 500 crore on branding" and image-building exercise. Drawing up a list of "corrupt" politicians, Kejriwal said the party will field candidates against them.
The list included Gandhi, several UPA ministers, SP supremo Mulayam Singh, BSP chief Mayawati, Union Ministers P Chidambaram and Sushilkumar Shinde and former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, among others.
Addressing the National Council meeting attended by Aam Aadmi Party volunteers from across the country, Kejriwal said, "I have prepared a list of dishonest (politicians) of the country. If you come across any honest politician in the list then please tell me.
"I am asking for the country's approval on whether to defeat (these politicians) or send them to the Parliament." Kejriwal said the party will field candidates against Gandhi, Union Ministers Shinde, Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, G K Vasan, Salman Khurshid, Veerappa Moily, Prakash Jaiswal, Kamal Nath, Pawan Bansal, as well as MPs Naveen Jindal, Avtar Singh Bhadana, Anu Tandon, Suresh Kalmadi and Assam CM Tarun Gogoi.
"I have started the list. Till evening, you (AAP workers) prepare a list and submit it the party," he told AAP workers. The Chief Minister slammed Gandhi and Modi for engaging in expensive image branding campaigns. "They spent Rs 500 crore for image make over...To prepare brand Modi and brand Rahul, they are spending Rs 500 crore. Can these people, who spend Rs 500 crore for branding, give an honest government? After they come to power, they will recover that money from us," he said.
Kejriwal said the party's motto was not to seize power, but to eradicate corruption. "Our motto is not to seize power and do politics for power like BJP and Congress. Our motive should be no corrupt leader and no one from dynasty politics should enter Parliament," he said.