Salman Khurshid waded into another controversy by daring Arvind Kejriwal to protest in his constituency in Farrukhabad and suggesting it would be hard to return from there, which was seen as a murder threat by the activist. “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 at a closed-door function last night whose footage was aired by some news channels.
Referring to Kejriwal’s threat to stage a protest in his home constituency from November 1, the senior Congress leader said, “Let them come and visit Farrukhabad. But let him also return from Farrukhabad.” Kejriwal saw the comments as a death threat to him.
“Mr Salman Khurshid has threatened me. The kind of language which he has used, it does not suit the stature of the country’s Law Minister,” the activist said. “Killing me won’t help because the country has been awakened. If one Arvind is killed, there will be another 100 Arvinds. Rather than threatening like this, it would be better that Congress sensed the anger of people and took some concrete steps against corruption,” he said. Kejriwal has alleged that Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, an NGO run by Khurshid and his wife Louise, was involved financial bunglings of over Rs.71 lakh, a charge dismissed by them. Khurshid said, “They say we will ask questions and you have to give the answers. We say you hear the answers and forget about asking questions.”
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