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I am ready to face charges: Kejriwal

Last updated on: March 26, 2012 19:56 IST

I am ready to face charges: Kejriwal

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As Parliament demands action against Team Anna for defamatory remarks against the Parliamentarians on Sunday's rally at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal in an Exclusive Interview to CNN-IBN's Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai defends his remarks.

Excerpts:

On joining hands with Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev has raised important issue of black-money and we support him. Likewise he is supporting us too. It's not something like a merger.

We want to spread the movement and want people to join in. Any one who is against corruption should join, be it Baba Ramdev or the common man.

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Image: Arvind Kejriwal
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On the next round of agitation

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Let's see what Parliament does until May 15t. We will then go to the people and decide out next course of action.

On passing of Lokpal Bill:

The kind of bill produced in Parliament was a mockery of the Lokpal bill.

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Image: Team Anna members: (L-R) Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Arvid Kejriwal

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'I have not said anything wrong'

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I have not said anything wrong. Team Anna is against corruption and not against Parliament, and people who are facing corruption charges will not pass the bill.

It is the duty of Parliament to pass the bill; they are elected by people to remove corruption. It's unfortunate that they are speaking in this language against this movement.

This is not democracy. Its dictatorship. Everything is controlled by high command of the ruling party between two elections. Why does anyone not say anything when bills are torn in Parliament?

We never said that we don't have faith in Parliament. We have great respect for Parliament. We only said we are worried about the current situation.

On breach of privilege notice

I am ready to face charges.


Image: Congress president Sonia Gandhi with son Rahul


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Shooting the messenger is not the solution: Bedi

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Kiran Bedi, a prominent member of Team Anna said that whatever has been said by Team Anna is in the public domain. It's all been reported by media time to time. Its all on the internet, and being accessed worldwide.

All this is part of films in India too. In fact the question before our politicians and bureaucrats is why have we come to this state of affairs at all? Why have we come this far?

I wish some one in the Parliament had called a special session for reflection to take into account people's perception which has been aired with evidence.

Shooting the messenger is not the solution. Addressing the message is -- with all the seriousness it deserves.

This is the need of the hour. People are looking for a clean and honest political class. If they were serious, they could have brought in electoral, police, judicial and Adm reforms by now, besides an effective Lokpal. Have they?

Its time the media too understands and airs people's angst as it is. Though some are doing that, more needs to be done.


Image: Kiran Bedi


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