New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party, countered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's taunts at a recent rally in Delhi with a question: "Do I look like a Naxali?"
In an exclusive interview to NDTV today, he said "I want to ask the people of Delhi, do I look like a Naxal? The Prime Minister is saying I should go to a jungle, do the people also think so?"
Last Saturday, while addressing a rally in the heart of Delhi, PM Modi had said: "If somebody is an anarchist, he should go to the jungles and join the Naxals."
Mr Kejriwal rebutted, "This kind of politics is not right. Whatever Kejriwal is, he is honest, his intentions are clear. We should talk about issues."
The AAP chief said he would "submit proof" of corruption by the BJP's Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay, who has threatened to sue him for defamation if he does not substantiate his allegations.
Mr Kejriwal has alleged that the BJP leader had links with power distributing companies or discoms in the capital and was part of a company that supplies electricity meters to one of the discoms, BSES. The company helped inflate bills by supplying faulty meters, he has claimed.
"Yesterday I showed proof against him. I will give proof at a press conference. He has no choice but to make these threats in public. I am ready to go to court," he said, showing what he said were income tax papers detailing payments made to the company linked to the Delhi BJP chief.
Defending his charge of "conflict of interest", Mr Kejriwal said, "The people of Delhi believe power companies are overcharging. If you make people with links to those companies your party president or vice president, you are placing at least the city's power sector in the hands of those companies."
Delhi will vote for a new assembly on February 7, nearly a year after Mr Kejriwal abruptly resigned as chief minister after 49 days in office. The AAP chief has since admitted that it was a mistake to quit.
"People know we have accepted our mistake. They know that they have to vote us this time," Mr Kejriwal said, expressing confidence that his party will perform even better than the previous election in December, 2013 as it had proved itself in its brief stint.
"We have done more in 49 days in power than the BJP has done in seven months," he commented.