Khurshid on Wednesday, Oct 17 threatened activist-turned-politician Kejriwal, saying till now he has been wielding a pen and "it is time to replace ink with blood". He said, "I was made the Law Minister and asked to wield a pen...now it is time to replace it with blood."
Attacking on the India Against Corruption (IAC) member, the Law Minister said, "Let him (Kejriwal) come to Farrukhabad, but how will he go back...Kejriwal says he will ask questions and asks us to give the answers, you have heard what we have to say, you will forget the questions."
However, after receiving widespread criticism, Khurshid has backtracked his statement.
"My comment on Kejriwal has been taken out of context," said Khurshid.
Former speaker Somnath Chatterjee has criticised Khurshid's comment. He said that if Khurshid meant what he had said then it was deplorable.
Reacting to Khurshid's threat, Kejriwal tweeted, "Mr Salman Khurshid has threatened me. The language that he has used does not suit the Law Minister of the country. Killing me won't help as the whole country has woken up. Hundreds of other Kejriwals will rise. Rather than threatening like this, it would be better that Congress sensed the anger of the people and took some concrete steps against corruption."
Kejriwal and his supporters are running a campaign and demanding the resignation of Khurshid following alleged financial irregularities in the functioning of the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust. The trust is run by Khurshid and his wife Louise.