Gas pricing row: Arvind Kejriwal to shoot off letter to Rahul Gandhi today

11:57 AM, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi: A day after former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal trained his guns on Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the AAP leader will shoot off a letter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, asking him to break his silence on the gas pricing issue involving Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani.

Raising the poll pitch ahead of the crucial General Elections, Kejriwal on Friday sent a letter to Modi, asking him to break his silence on the gas pricing issue.

The AAP chief held a press conference yesterday and claimed that the Congress-led government at the Centre has colluded with the top industrialist to raise gas prices. The AAP chief said that the government has given undue favours to Reliance Industries.

Kejriwal said, “To Rahul, we would say the decision (of increasing the gas price) was taken by the government which is known to run by his family. We want him to speak on the issue,” he said.

The activist-turned politician also said that the BJP leader and the Congress vice president should publicly disclose who owns the helicopters, which they use for travelling across the country. He also asked both the leaders to come clear on the payment made for the choppers used for their respective rallies.

“Helicopters and private jets are being used whenever you and Rahul Gandhi travel within the country and abroad. As per the news reports, the aircraft services you and Rahul Gandhi use are free of cost. Spending in your election rallies are worth crores of rupees. Some people say Mukesh Ambani funds you. Is that true?” he said.

Attacking the BJP’s PM candidate over the issue of black money, Kejriwal cited media reports, which allege that Ambani himself has black money stashed in Swiss banks. The AAP leader asked whether Modi, who aspires to become the prime minister, would act against Ambani if he attains the top post.

Kejriwal said reports have been doing rounds that the incumbent UPA government is being run by the RIL chairman. “If Modi becomes the PM, will Mukesh Ambani continue to run his government?” the AAP leader asked.

Trying to corner Modi, the AAP leader also raised the issue of Parimal Nathwani. He asked the Gujarat CM to clarify how Nathwani, who is the group president of Reliance, was elected to Rajya Sabha on a BJP ticket.

He also asked Congress and the BJP to explain why they opposed the filing of FIR by Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against Ambani.

“Do they have such a strong bonding with Mukesh Ambani?”

Kejriwal concluded by saying, “AAP will circulate 10 crore copies of this letter across the country.”

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