Kejriwal awarded 'Liar' title, AAP says leader 'was misinformed'

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Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, Feb 19: Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been facing one of the most embarrassing situations now as a survey blunder allegedly revealed his doublespeak over corruption issue in the national capital during his 49 days tenure.

While micro-blogging site Twitter awarded him the title -- 'liar', his party -- Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders claimed that he was "misinformed " about the survey report of Transparent International (TI). Twitter on Wednesday, Feb 19 was flooded with tweets calling him 'liar'.

AAP leader Shazia Ilmi and Kejriwal landed in a fresh controversy when Transparent International claimed that unlike AAP leader's statements, the international watchdog did not carry any survey saying that corruption in Delhi has drastically come down under AAP government.

she (Ilmi) assumed that it was a Transparency International survey

Clarifying the party's stand on the issue, AAP spokesperson said, "Aam Admi party leader Shazia Ilmi learnt about a survey that showed a dramatic fall in the levels of corruption in Delhi after Aam Aadmi Party government came to power."

"Since the information came from someone who was an employee of Transparency International, she (Ilmi) assumed that it was a Transparency International survey," he added.

After Ms Ilmi's statement to a newspaper, Mr Kerjiwal, in his speech at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) yesterday, had said that corruption cases have fallen drastically in Delhi after the party came to power.

"Since then we have come to know that the said survey had no connection with Transparency International and the source of Shazia Ilmi's information had quit Transparency International by then. We regret this error," the statement added.

AAP's clarification came after Transparency International denied conducting such a survey in the national capital.

"The information shared by Ms Shazia Ilmi is factually incorrect. We have not undertaken any study on corruption in Delhi and so there is no question of any such published or unpublished report," Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Executive Director Transparency International India, said in a press statement.

Ms Ilmi, however, said that an independent agency had conducted a survey which states that corruption has gone down in Delhi after AAP formed government.

"There is indeed a study done by an independent agency asserting that Delhi was cleaner and less corrupt in AKs 49 days..It will be out soon," she tweeted.

Some of the tweets slamming Kejriwal has been mentioned here:

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