New Delhi, Oct. 12: Arvind Kejriwal was today detained as he tried to march with supporters to the Prime Minister’s residence to demand Salman Khurshid’s resignation over alleged corruption in an NGO run by the law minister’s family.
The action against the protesters, who included some differently abled persons, jogged memories of Anna Hazare’s arrest in 2011 and sparked fears it could boomerang on the government. The NGO Khurshid and his wife Louise run caters to the differently abled.
Kejriwal warned he would turn his detention spot near Parliament into “another Tahrir Square” and later declared he would not leave Bawana jail where he was lodged. If forced out, he threatened to continue the protests, much like Hazare who had refused to leave Tihar jail.
Earlier, over 70 activists of Kejriwal’s India Against Corruption and NGO Rashtriya Viklang Party squatted in front of police barricades when stopped on way to Manmohan Singh’s residence from a site near Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath home.
The cops detained Kejriwal after he announced the day-long agitation would go on till Khurshid quit. Kejriwal also claimed the PMO had refused him an appointment.
The activists have alleged diversion of government funds in the NGO. Khurshid has denied the charges.