New Delhi: Union Law
Minister Salman Khurshid, accused of financial wrongdoing by
Arvind Kejriwal, was Wednesday embroiled in a new controversy over
his alleged threats against the India Against Corruption (IAC)
leader. The IAC said he was behaving "like a mafia don".
Khurshid, who has been accused of financial impropriety in the
running of his trust, had reportedly said that if Kejriwal decides
to go ahead with his Nov 1 march to Farukkabad, his constituency
in Uttar Pradesh, it was doubtful if he would return.
The minister has said he was "misquoted".
Kejriwal, addressing a press conference at Constitution Club here,
declared he would go to Farukkabad as planned and appealed to
people to join him.
"With regard to the threat of the minister, I want to say that I
will go and also return.. I appeal to people to join us on Nov 1
in Farukkabad," the IAC leader said.
Addressing a meeting in Farrukabad Tuesday, Khurshid had said: "I
was told work with a pen and made a law minister.. I will work
with a pen, but also with blood."
Referring to Kejriwal's threat to campaign against him in
Farukkabad, the minister said, "Let him come to Farukkabad, but he
should keep in mind that he has to also return," he told cheering
IAC member Prashant Bhushan said the minister was "behaving like a
Kejriwal also criticized the minister's use of language against
In a tweet, Kejriwal posted that Khurshid threatened to kill him
and said it would be better that the Congress party "sensed the
anger of people and took some concrete steps against corruption".
"Whatever he has said does not behove the law minister of the
country and if one Arvind dies hundred of Arvinds are there to
sacrifice themselves.. The Congress party has lost touch with the
country and it is high time the party realized this," he said.
He said that Khurshid "should realize that his life is not in the
minister's hands but in god's".
The activist-turned-politician is seeking the resignation of
Khurshid alleging financial wrongdoing in the running of the Zakir
Husain Memorial Trust that provides aids to the physically
The Congress downplayed Khurshid's remarks.
Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Kejriwal should go to the
police to file a complaint if he felt he had been threatened.