Arriving nearly four hours late at the rally venue which witnessed scuffles since the morning between Kejriwal supporters and Congressmen since morning, the activist presented some able-bodied people whom he claimed were listed as physically-challenged beneficiaries by the NGO run by the Union Minister and his wife Louise.
"Salman Khurshid had told me you will go to Farukkhabad but how will you comeback? I want to tell him that I am here and will return safely in a few hours," Kejriwal said to the cheers of his supporters.
Kejriwal said he had accepted Khurshid's challenge by coming here and addressing the rally despite his "warning" not to do so.
Following Kejriwal's threat to stage a protest in his home constituency from November 1, Khurshid had said that "let them come and visit Farukkhabad. But let him also return from Farrukhabad." Kejriwal had interpreted the comments as a threat to him.
The activist said "since the demand for dismissal of Khurshid has not been met, I have come to his masters (electorate) here and appeal to them not to vote elect him again as MP", Kejriwal said and asked whether they would forget it as there still remained two years for general elections.
Kejriwal had announced holding the rally after alleging that Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, the NGO run by Khurshid and Louise, was involved financial bunglings while implemeting schemes meant for welfare of physically-challenged people.
Referring to his march along with a group of physically-challenged people on October 12 in New Delhi, Kejriwal criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not meeting the group.
"We had tried to meet the PM but police stopped us on ground of security...he (PM) is scared of 60 physically-challenged people. He should resign. I feel pain that this country is being run by such a PM," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal referred to Uttar Pradesh government's report of June 12, 2012 and alleged that "of the 14 districts, forged signatures were used in 10 to 11 for withdrawing money and now only lodging of FIR".
Terming the misuse of funds meant for the welfare of the handicapped as the worst form of corruption, he suggested a handicapped be fielded from here against Khurshid.
"I have come here to tell you that please do not elect him again. Money meant for welfare of handicapped people has been stolen. There cannot be a more shameful act than this. We have been fighting against corruption for years but never came across this kind of graft.
"Please field a physically-challenged person against Khurshid and ensure his win", he said.
The IAC activist also did not spare UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who had earlier stated that an inquiry was on into Khurshid's NGO.
"It's like Alibaba and 40 thieves ... all of them Mulayam Singh Yadav, Salman Khurshid, Chidambaram are one... Yadav has a case against him in the apex court.. Akhilesh would save Salman and the Centre would save Mulayam Singh", he charged.
Kejriwal claimed a report by the local administration found "gross irregularities" committed by the NGO in implementing welfare schemes for physically-chalenged people.
"There was a probe here..It proves wrongdoing by Khurshid....In the report, officials in Mainpuri said the signature of the district welfare officer in the test check report on beneficiaries was forged," he alleged.
"When I had raised the issue, he threatened me... He said 'I have been made the Law Minister and asked to work with the pen. I will work with the pen but also with blood'", he said.
Kejriwal asked why Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi were "silent" on "expose" relating to Khurshid, Robert Vadra's land dealings and Mukesh Ambani.
He said his fight to expose corruption of politicians and remove the fear from the minds of the common people would continue till 2014 as the meaning of politics is not corruption but to serve the people.
Kejriwal said he would continue to make expose against graft till there is a change in the system and would next focus on how the rates of power and water have seen an "unprecedented" hike.
Making a mention of protests by Congressmen earlier in the day, he said "I was shown black flags at different places by about altogether 20-25 people .. how can he (Khurshid) win from Farrukhabad with the support of only 20 to 25"?
Here are the highlights:
* Arvind Kejriwal takes to the dais, attacks Salman Khurshid.
* I have taken up your challenge. You warned me and my supporters against coming to Farukkhabad. You threatened to harm us physically. But I have come and am speaking to my supporters: Kejriwal
* Congressmen showed black flags, sought to deter me from going to Farukkhabad, but I was not daunted and have made it here: Kejriwal
* We will be going back by the night train, if you want to do something about it, then do so: Kejriwal challenges Salman
* Salman and wife Louise have forged documents; Salman must step down: Kejriwal
* Kejriwal challenges Salman and others who don't agree with him to debate.
* The attack on IAC men was premeditated: Kejriwal
Congress workers carry out Salman Khurshid threat, attack Arvind Kejriwal's partymen
* Clashes break out in Salman Khurshid's constituency against IAC men - this is the first 'political' rally by IAC outside Delhi
* Congress workers attack Arvind Kejriwal's IAC workers
* Superintendent of Police has sought to downplay the incident, saying it was 'nothing much' and that the situation is now under control.
* He says an inquiry will be ordered if someone lodges a complaint
* However, others present there have said that some IAC men have been brutally beaten up.
* People are milling around with bricks, stones and rods in hand
* Scenes of Congressmen dancing and celebrating in triumph at scene
* Calm restored at venue although the presence
Post-Salman Khurshid 'threat' to Kejriwal, cops on toes in Farukkhabad
Security has been stepped up in Farukkhabad on Thursday in view of protests planned by Arvind Kejriwal and his associated against alleged irregularities by the trust run by Union Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife.
Congress workers have also announced to lodge their protest against Kejriwal in a democratic manner, sources said.
Police said security has been tightened in the area in the wake of the protests planned by India Against Corruption and Congress workers.
Khurshid had dared Kejriwal to stage a protest in his constituency and had said "let him also return from Farrukhabad".
Meanwhile, a force of 1400 farmers armed with lathis has been constituted by the Bharatiya Kisan Union for Kejriwal's security.
IAC activist Kumar Vishwas, who is accompanying Arvind Kejriwal to hold a rally against External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and the alleged financial irregularities by his Zakir Hussain Trust, on Thursday said the people of Farrukhabad are eager to have a ''clear plus and minus'' with their elected representative.
Farrukhabad is the parliamentary constituency of Salman Khurshid, who is facing allegations of irregularities in the Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust run by him and wife Louise Fernandes.
"People of Farrukhabad are very eager to have a clear plus and minus with their elected representative Salman Khurshid. They want explanation from Khurshid and his wife about their ill-deeds," said Vishwas.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal said that he would appeal to the people to defeat Khurshid in the 2014 elections.
"Today, we are going to meet the people in Farrukhabad as they were the ones who elected Salman Khurshid. We would appeal the public to dismiss Salman Khurshid in the 2014 elections, as the Prime Minister has failed to do so," said Kejriwal.
"And instead of Salman Khurshid, a specially abled candidate must contest and win the election from Farrukhabad. Specially-abled people from across Uttar Pradesh, who have been cheated, will join us in our movement," he added.
kejriwal,is good protester againest corruption.He is break out the mask of politicians.We are all given the support to kejriwal.n.prakash
avoid attacking kejrawal and IAC team members from here in after.
Every Indian Citizen must vote and take it their moral respobsibility to vote to good candidates who can really serve the interest of country and their people.
Hats off to Shri Arvind Kejriwal for his determination to tackle corruption and help change the way India is governed. May he be instrumental in breaking the cynicism of people in this country.
hats off ARVIND FOR TAKING UP THE DUTY TO CLEANSE OUR MOTHERLAND FROM THE DISEASE OF DIRTY POLITICS AND NASTY CORRUPTION.REMEMBER ONE THING U SHOULDNT GIVE UP AT ANY COST EVEN AT THE COST OF U R LIFE ALSO BCOZ DOING DUTY IS THE MAJOR AIM
Whatever praise, we put in for Kezriwal, it is not suffice. He is the first one, who showed us and proved that all Politicians in India are hand in glove and under the name of Parliament and Reform with the connivance of few Corporates are looting the Country. The Political Class always consider that they are like British Ruler and they have the birth right to rule and after them it is their kith and kin. They bluff the people of the Country under the name of caste, creed and religion and race but they are one and the same and that is political class, the rulers, who have mandate to enjoy. It is only Mr Kezriwal who without being cowed down by threats, harassment and malign, exposed all the Political Parties and their kith and kin and the corporatization of corruption in connivance with few corporates. Kezriwal's job is more difficult than Gandhiji because Mahatma fought with outsiders but here, Kezriwal is to fight with those who does under the name of parliament and reform.I owe you.
time is really going great for indian politics when the issue of nexus b/w political parties has risen along with so many scams these thugs are responsible for. Perhaps this time will never come again or its intensity will not be that much. So please vote this time instead of only just talking on the issues. These Netas are well aware that 90% educated people don't vote and they get away with us. So this time PLLLLLLLLEASE vote after reviewing all netas' previous performances and clean records.
Salman Khurshid is a national shame.
This a win for Kejriwal over Khurshid.This the time for Khurshid to step down who spoke like a Gali ka Goonda.
Thank god .. this news is not hijacked my congress media wing. thank to editor to covering real news.. Khurshid needs to step down.. he is power less. kejriwal comes to his place and he did not done anything. in my college days this same incident happen then i bet khurshid cant come in my village... now i am a professional and doing service . i have different point of view now..
It seems that paid workers of Khurshid are attacking Mr Kejriwal,which is very dangerous for democracy.A person who is taking up all our problems & scarifying his life for us. At least we should be great full to such a conman man,simple person. The corrupt ministers/ party are threatening and we just see-helplessly.
After Independance our country is rulled by Congress and BJP..and we have seen many Scams in the past...and onle few are behind bars....Now the time has come to see some other options ..but definately not 3rd regional party alliance .....I think Kejriwal has come up with some issues that AAM Aadmi is facing after Indipendance..I think he should be our next PM....
These useless corrupted ruling parties has failed to creat any impact in the people as they failed in every front to convince the people.The appearance of Priyanka or Rahul may not attract the attention of so called young brigade as now younger generation goes to Shri Kezariwal and his team for help to restore normalcy in civic life.There will be polorisation between Congress , BJP and Kezariwals Party.
Instead of replying or answering, facing boldly the charges of corruption, UPA minister;s threatening calls and intimidation will ruin the changes for congress.Purity and probity in public life to be proved by sincerity and not by abusing the power.The last chance for UPA to think and change.
With the incident as reported, a case of incitement to violence is prima facie established against the erstwhile Law minister and is a result of his violent reaction to Kejriwal's allegations. If reactions can be taken as indications of the charges being true, this is proof. Now, the ball is in government / UPA's court. Will they react in a manner worthy of their position?
salman khurshid was caught on camera provocating his relatives and party goons to defy kejriwal and threatened to kill him if he comes to farukhabad and same has happened today when kejriwal wae speaking in press conference at farukhabad.kejriwal should file case against khurshid that on his behest his goondas have attacked his partymen.how a cabinet minister can act like this when he has been exposed swindling money meant for disabled.prime minister of this country is protecting and elevating goonda class.he should feel shame and quit on moral grounds.people of this country should stand up and thrash congress goondas and throw them out of power.these congress ministers are not less than hard core criminals in this country
If it is a rally against corruption, why corrupt congress workers need to go there to take Panga.
Start preparing for the cremation of congress. Every drop of blood spilt by congress thugs, should be a nail in the coffin of congress. Defeat arrogant corrupt cancer congress in every election from now.
Shri Kezariwal may gain popularity as the people may select him as an alternative to Congress or BJP.Both parties are corrupted as people may threw them to dustbin of History.
Whatever you say for or against IAC, the movement is gathering momentum. Like Hurricane Sandy, it will acquire speed and might as it advances. People everywhere are fed up with the corruption ruling politics. All are eagerly waiting for a change.
Kejriwal is a perverted, disillused person who is miguiding the public and wasting public precious time
Do you have any blood flowing in you or drainage water? Cheapster!