Stepping up his attack against Arvind Kejriwal, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh posed a number of questions to him raising doubts about off-shore funding of his NGO and asking why he never raised issue of corruption in BJP-ruled states.

A day after shooting off a letter to Kejriwal in which the Congress leader described him as a “self-serving ambitious megalomaniac having “streak” of Hitler, Singh today sent the activist a list of 27 questions asking him to “respond to them with clarity and honesty as you demand from others.”

“Why there are no details of individual donors and Corporate donors on any website of your NGOs....Is it a fact that the NGO, Kabir, with whom you are closely associated, received $172000 and $197000 from Ford Foundation in 2005 and 2009 respectively?

“Was this foreign money used to organise seminars, advocacy, discussions, programmes, social media campaigns and publicity material related to the issue of corruption?” Singh asked.

The AICC leader also sought to know Kejriwal’s “relationship with US based NGO Avaaz” which, he said, has been funding civil disobedience movement in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Singh said, “What is the logistical and other support your anti-corruption movement received from Avaaz?”

In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding land deals of some of Kejriwal’s associates including Prashant Bhusan and Anjali Damania, Singh asked the activist whether he will be “willing to take responsibility as a leader and resign from IAC or give up public life, if any of his staff members of colleagues in the IAC are found to have been involved in any irregularity.”

Digvijay Singh reminded while Kejriwal asked for the resignation of Law Minister Salman Khurshid for irregularity committed by people working in his Trust, he “never objected when Anna Hazare said that he cannot be held responsible for the action of colleagues/office-bearers in Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Trust”.

(This article was published on October 20, 2012)
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