Prashant Bhushan challenges Arvind Kejriwal to 'open debate' on Janlokpal Bill

Dec 01, 2015, 19:23 IST | PTI

New Delhi: Accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of 'betraying' people by diluting the Janlokpal Bill, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday took to air waves to challenge his former colleague to an 'open debate'.

The AAP, however, fielded Delhi Dialouge Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan to counter Bhushan, to which the activist-lawyer said Kejriwal was 'scared' of a debate.

"Few days back Delhi Chief Minister passed the Janlokpal Bill in the Cabinet and claimed to have fulfilled his assurance. I dont think so. I feel both the (anti-corruption) movement and country have been betrayed. This is why I invite him for an open debate so that people can themselves see who is lying and who is speaking the truth," a radio advertisment, which was played on FM channels, said.

Swaraj Abhiyan, led by Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, has accused Kejriwal of passing a 'diluted' bill and termed it as a 'Mahajokepal' over the clauses like appointment, removal and ambit of investigation of the ombdusman.

Ashish Khetan said why did Bhushan and Yadav not protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence for failing to appoint a Lokpal. Incidentally, the two had indulged in a public spat when Bhushan and Yadav were at odds with Kejriwal.

The series of tweets read:

However, Bhushan hit back, on Twitter saying:

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