Alleging that 16 sitting Congress MLAs from Delhi are facing serious criminal cases, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder Arvind Kejriwal has written to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that people could not expect them to sit in Vidhansabha and pass laws against rape, murder and corruption.
In the letter written to Dikshit on Tuesday, Kejriwal said: “The Aam Aadmi Party has announced that in the coming Vidhansabha elections, we will not field a single candidate with a criminal background.
If you really want to clean up Delhi politics, you should also announce that in the coming elections, the Congress too will not field any candidates with a criminal background.”
The letter further states that there should be transparency in the financial donations received by political parties.
The AAP publishes the name of every donor on its website. According to news reports, the Congress has received more than Rs 2,000 crore in the past five years but it did not reveal the names of its donors.
It was also alleged that many companies involved in the coal scam have also donated to the Congress.
“If you publish this list on your website, then people will start to believe that you really want to engage in clean politics,” the letter adds.
Taking a dig at Dikshit, Kejriwal said that the Aam Aadmi Party has announced that it would not field two candidates from the same family.
“I request you, if you really want ‘clean politics’, then you should also announce that the Congress will not give a ticket to more than one person from the same family.
I am aware that if you announce this, then you will have to make a big sacrifice -- either you or your son Sandeep Dikshit will have to retire from politics,” the letter states.