If it was the Congress party till yesterday, it’s the turn of the BJP to start wondering what Arvind Kejriwal is going to throw at it tomorrow. India Against Corruption (IAC) is widely expected to focus on Nitin Gadkari, BJP President, in its forthcoming expose on corruption.
The Congress marshalled a large array of ministers to defend Sonia Gandhi‘s son-in-law Robert Vadra, who had entered into cosy deals with DLF. A much smaller group of defenders spoke up for Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who was accused of misappropriating funds in an NGO run by him and his wife Louise, the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust.
The BJP has now clearly shifted its stand on Kejriwal, and is preparing to come out all guns blazing to defend Gadkari – depending on the nature of the allegations levelled against him by IAC. In preparation for downgrading Kejriwal’s next disclosure, the party made a relatively low-key response to the allegations against Khurshid. It chose to refer to the allegations as those made by a TV channel rather than Kejriwal.
The concern among party leaders is two-fold: first, it’s about the nature of the proposed expose, whether Kejriwal comes out with something unexpected and substantive or he merely paraphrases the earlier allegations levelled against Gadkari by another IAC activist Anjali Damania