New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal has written to Narendra Modi and asked him to "clear his stand" on a gas price hike that he alleges was the Centre's favour to Mukesh Ambani. He plans to write a similar letter to Rahul Gandhi too, and distribute "10 crore copies" of the letters, in various languages, across India.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader, who has been accusing Mr Modi for keeping silent because of his links with the Reliance chairman, amped it up today by writing a public letter to the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"What is your party's and your connection to Mukesh Ambani? Who is funding your campaign? Who spends crores on your rallies? Some say it is Mukesh Ambani. Is it true?" Mr Kejriwal asks. "You and Rahul Gandhi use private helicopters. Who do these helicopters belong to? Do you get these for free or do you have to pay for it?" (Read: Arvind Kejriwal's letter to Narendra Modi)
The 45-year-old alleged that the Centre inflated the price of gas to eight dollars a unit though Mukesh Ambani's company spends only one dollar to produce a unit, which meant a loss of Rs 54,000 crore to the country annually. The BJP, he charged, was deliberately silent on it.
"Why are Rahul Gandhi and you silent on it?" he asks in the two-page letter.
A First Information Report or FIR accusing Mr Ambani, Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and other policy-makers of creating an artificial shortage of gas in the country and raising its prices was filed last week on the orders of Mr Kejriwal before he resigned as Delhi chief minister on Friday. (In Arvind Kejriwal vs Mukesh Ambani, a move against the chief minister)
Mr Kejriwal has accused the BJP and the Congress of joining hands to oppose his Jan Lokpal Bill in retaliation against the FIR. "They defeated the Bill because three days back we lodged an FIR against Mukesh Ambani," he said.