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Oct 06, 2012 at 10:48am IST

Kejriwal to launch political campaign, stir against power bills today

New Delhi: Anti-corruption activist and India Against Corruption (IAC) member Arvind Kejriwal will on Saturday launch his campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections and his stir against the inflated power bills in the capital. He is expected to kick off his campaign against soaring electricity bills by restoring the power connection of a daily wage earner, who had approached him for help after being unable to pay his bills.

Kejriwal had promised to restore his electricity connection. Kejriwal had then slammed the Sheila Dikshit government over the ballooning bills in the capital. His campaign is expected to begin at 8.30 am.

On Friday evening, Kejriwal raised hackles of the Congress leaders when he accused party president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra of financial impropriety. Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Kejriwal alleged that construction major DLF had given an unsecured and interest-free loan worth Rs 65 crore to the companies owned by Vadra.

According to Kejriwal and senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan, Vadra's companies allegedly used that money to buy seven DLF flats worth Rs 35 crore for a rock bottom price of Rs 5 crore. The five firms that were used to buy the flats are allegedly owned by Vadra and his mother. Bhushan stepped up the attack on Vadra by alleging that he, who earlier had properties worth Rs 50 lakh, now owns properties worth Rs 300 crore. They raised a demand to probe the allegation.

The entire Congress leadership, led by none other than party president Sonia Gandhi, however, came out in defence of Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi. "Robert Vadra is a businessman. His transactions are transparent and above board. There has been no misuse of either the office of the Gandhi family or any misuse by Vadra," said the UPA chairperson.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni called them "baseless allegations by people who do not have any proof". "Everyone has the right to do own business. Robert Vadra is also a citizen of the country and he has the right to do any business," said the Congress leader.

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