Kejriwal's rhetoric marred with factual inaccuracies

Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi: Team Anna Arvind Kejriwal, who attacked the political class in his rhetoric at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, made a number of factual inaccuracies in his speech.

Kejriwal, as always vociferous in his demand for a strong Lokpal, accused political parties of misusing the CBI under successive governments.

He said in 1996, the then Vajpayee government used the CBI to target AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, when actually the government was only there for 13 days.

While attacking Kapil Sibal for alleged attempts to restrict social media freedoms, Kejriwal criticised the Telecom Minister for limiting the number of SMSes to 200 per mobile as also his efforts to regulate content on social networking sites.

"He has also tried to regulate Facebook and other sites which were of help to us. These things will not help the government. We want to show to them how many people came no matter any restrictions," Kejriwal said, adding Sibal did so to control Hazare's movement.

The cap on the number of SMSes to 200 per SIM was actually a move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to deter unsolicited messages by telemarketing companies.

He also said that as many as 17 members of Parliamentary Standing Committee had opposed the report prepared by it, when factually the dissenting members had not opposed the report in toto, only objected to different clauses.


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