Why won't Kejriwal have tea with Sonia?

Published: 21 October, 2012 08:47 IST | Agencies |

Denying all allegations of wanting to join the National Advisory Council, Arvind Kejriwal says all members get to do is drink tea with the chairperson of the council

India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal put to rest Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s allegation that he had wanted to join the National Advisory Council. He said that all National Advisory Council (NAC) members get to do is drink tea with Sonia Gandhi, the chairperson of the council.

Following accusations by Singh that Kejriwal had approached him to push his case for joining the National Advisory Council (NAC), the IAC leader said he “never went” to meet Singh with such a request.

Arvind Kejriwal. File pic

“It’s totally false that I wanted to join the NAC. The people there have no powers and there is no chance to work for social causes. The only thing one gets to do after joining the NAC is to drink a cup of tea with Sonia Gandhi, and I have no interest in that,” he said.

Reacting to Singh’s letter to him, Kejriwal said the letter was “not worthy of a response”.

He added that the letter “shows that the Congress is rattled and baffled”.

On Friday, attacked Kejriwal, calling him a “self-serving, ambitious megalomaniac having a streak of Hitler.”

“Kejriwal had come to me to recommend his name to be made part of the NAC, but Sonia Gandhi probably knew more about him, and she refused,” Singh said.

Singh took a dig at Kejriwal for declining to answer his queries, saying he had expected such a response from the IAC leader.

“I expected this answer. Whenever I have asked questions, they say they don’t want to answer. But when they ask me questions they expect answers.”

The Congress leader accused Kejriwal of using Anna Hazare to gain respectability and said he had parted ways with all his associates, including Aruna Roy and Kiran Bedi.

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