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Kejriwal's slanderous game has to stop now
What is Arvind Kejriwal's game? Is it a part of his poll strategy to first create a nationwide furore, carve out an image of a crusader against corruption for himself, and then announce the name of his party so as to acquire instant popularity for his new babe?

ARVIND KEJRIWAL knows fully well that it will not be easy for him to carry on such a game of slander for long. One after another he is hitting out at prominent personalities, using the art of histrionics, drama and street-corner oratory, peppered by hysteric madness to attract attention via an obliging electronic media.

After slandering Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, Union minister Salman Khurshid and BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Kejriwal has now attacked Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), alleging that he got undue favours from the government over a contract to develop natural gas fields.

We are not going into the allegations. The RIL has already dismissed the charges as being ‘devoid of any truth or substance’, adding that ‘irresponsible allegations made by Kejriwal’s India Against Corruption (IAC), at the behest of vested interests without basic understanding of the complexities of a project of this nature do not merit a response'.

Petroleum minister Veerappa Moily has refused to comment on the allegations. But one cannot help noticing the catchy expressions that Team Kejriwal has been using. They have termed the deal a ‘classic case of crony capitalism’ and said both the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA governments were involved. They have quoted former prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee’s son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya to say that Ambani had told him that ‘Congress to apni dukaan hain’.

Interestingly enough, some of the TV news channels did present the gist of what Kejriwal had alleged but focusing longer on the disturbances that took place during press conference than on the allegations made by him. This was quite in contrast to some other revelations made by Kejriwal when these news channels devoted most of their time to highlighting Kejriwal’s damning campaign against top and powerful individuals.

This time some of them hardly took Ambani’s name but referred most of the time to his company, the RIL. Why this reluctance to repeatedly tar his name with the slanderous comments of Kejriwal?

The general feeling is that if Kejriwal has so much incriminating evidence against businessmen, politicians, and if he is so much serious of his cause to prevent corruption, what is preventing him from going to the court to file a case against corrupt elements, and requesting the court to set up SIT to investigate the cases of corruption. The bitter truth is that he is interested more in getting publicity than in bringing to book the guilty. This cannot go on for long. And he may realize this sooner than later-when the TV channels start ignoring him and he ends up being a (news) paper tiger.

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