Rajat Sharma exposes Kejriwal’s anti-corruption crusade


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Niticentral Staff14 Oct 2013

 
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Rajat Sharma exposes Kejriwal's anti-corruption crusadeAam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal appeared in an interview with Rajat Sharma’s TV show Aap Ki Adalat. Several allegations were made against Kejriwal ahead of upcoming Delhi Assembly election, in the show.

Here are some excerpts:

Allegation 1: Kejriwal has betrayed the people of this country

Rajat Sharma: Last time when you came on our show I asked you to make your own party if you want to eradicate corruption.

Arvind Kejriwal: I am contesting election after your suggestion.

Sharma: You are contesting for election on my advice or at Digvijay Singh’s who once said you should come into politics?

Kejriwal: You are all my friends and I acted on everybody’s advice. I had it all in the past two years after the Government betrayed us on Anna’s Lok Bill. That is why I decided to form my own party.

Sharma: If your intentions for making a political party were so noble then why Anna did not associate with you and your party?

Kejriwal: We tried a lot to make Anna understand that there is no other alternative to eliminate corruption except coming into politics but he continued to maintain that politics is bad.

Sharma: Isn’t it a betrayal with Anna? You picked his cap but left him and his ideologies behind.

Kejriwal: We tried a lot to persuade Anna but he did not listen to us. We think its time to act, not make ties.

Sharma: There is a leader who’s ideology matches exactly with you who says there is no time to make treaties. He is Rahul Gandhi. So there is ideologically no difference between you and him.

Kejriwal: There is a difference in what he practices and preaches.

Allegation 2: His campaign is not civilised

Sharma: Since you come from a civil society, your election campaigns were expected to be civilised and decent. But one of your ad campaign posters demeaned the female Chief Minister of Delhi saying “vote for Shiela Dikshit to continue making Delhi unsafe for women”.

Kejriwal: What wrong did we say?

Sharma: You are calling BJP’s Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel corrupt. Do you have any proof?

Kejriwal: Yes. He is charging Rs 2 crore each for an Assembly seat in Delhi. I would suggest you conduct a sting operation against him.

Sharma: You are saying BJP is going to lose the election in Delhi. Why would they pay crores for losing an election?

Kejriwal: AAP is going to form Government in Delhi.

Sharma: There are graft charges against your party member Prashant Bhushan. Have you carried out any probe against him?

Kejriwal: Set up a probe against him. If it gets proved in court, send him in jail.

Sharma: You came into the field to get the Jan Lokpal Bill implemented, but you stepped into politics.

Kejriwal: We are going to form a Government in December and we’ll get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed within 15 days.

Allegation 3: You are making compromises to win election.

Sharma: All the pre-poll surveys are showing your party at number three in the poll race.

Kejriwal: Those surveys are all fraudulent.

Sharma: You mean the surveys conducted by your members are true and the rest are fraud?

Kejriwal: Like the 2G scam and several others there was also a survey scam.

Sharma: You call Congress and BJP corrupt parties but 15 of your 70 candidates in Delhi were BJP and Congress MLAs in the past. Does that mean that whosoever joins your party, miraculously becomes a truthful one?

Kejriwal: BJP and Congress are mafias. We welcome anyone who wants a change.

Sharma: One of your candidates, Deshraj Raghav has made several scams in ration shops. We have fetched the information against him through RTI. There is a complaint against him in Lokayukta.

Kejriwal: He’s being framed by a BJP leader.

Sharma: The same Deshraj Raghav’s father passed away four-and-a-half years back but he is still seeking the latter’s pension. We have the documents against him.

Kejriwal: He had written a letter to the bank long back but the Government has not taken any action. Had you told me what you are going to ask I would have brought my documents as well. These are one sided documents that you are showing.

Sharma: Well, your party also does the same when you make allegations against anyone.

Allegation 4: AAP lacks vision for Delhi.

Sharma: Several people accuse you of betraying Anna. They claim, someone who can betray Anna can betray the country as well.

Kejriwal: These things are done by our political rivals. This is politics and we will have to face it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000100909688 Rajdhar Tiwari

    Political parties have left no alternate for AK. They beg on Gandhiji but loot also on name of Gandhiji. None of the present political parties want “Janlokpal” to b passed. AK has shown the courage to hit the politicians where it pains to them.
    Mr Rajat, even u do not have the courage to ask such touch questions to any of high profiled congress or BJP leaders. UR views and ideas will change after 2014 election. PPl are fed up with corruption, scams, rising prices, misgovernance, reservation, religious discrimination , economic degradation and fooling the underprivilaged.

    • M Patel

      AAP is paving path to hell under-cover of noble intentions

      Based on global history, Corruption is a byproduct of Absolute discretionary power in the hands of Sarkar Mai Bap. Replace arbitrary power with clear unbending Rule and half the corruption goes away and quarter of litigations jamming Indian courts would also go away. India’s noble leaders, like Nehru and fellow socialist, made people believe that Sarkar Mai Bap will act as benevolent parent. IAC also holds the same belief and hence asking for more deadly discretionary power in the hand of Lokpal Sarkar Mai Bap.

      Arvind’s own attitude is revealed in his 2002 Income tax case which is based on a simple question “Does 1 year of unpaid-leave count as Service year?”. Moral/Ethical and default answer is NO but I.T commissioner has discretionary power to over-rule and deliver YES. Arvind is not against this discretionary power. He merely wants I.T commissioner to benevolently rule in his favor.

      IAC has successfully tapped discontent with a fanatical zeal. As a mass-movement, It has arrived (I.e The stage where Man of Action (i.e. Arvind Kejrival) and opportunist take-over. It is only a matter of time before old-guard (i.e. Anna) is pushed-over and old-workers no longer recognize the new party).

      Arvind’s vision-document provides continuity with past (i.e. swaraj, sarkar as benevolent parent, hope of a nav-nirman); Hence, Acts as comfort food a.k.a opium of masses. If history repeats it-self then noble Nehru family will be replaced with nobler Kejrival family & India slides further down in inclusive poverty & corruption.

    • manip

      Well summarized tiwariji.

      I wish this website was a neutral one and then this news was worth a penny.
      With known slant, not even worth attention.

      I move ‘on’…

      • Raja

        Absolutely right, Mandip

        This is a BJP mouth piece and biased against AAP and AK. Lets move on!

        • suvro

          These people above have no sense they are talking about….think simple…..Don’t get moved by any political parties like Congress with so many SCAMs done…or BJP who was in Power didn’t do much about Corruption, did they think about bringing Black money to nation…..do you think BJP has changed completely??…Think that you have your own Brain, Think Deeply….1. First why a one month old AAP govt. is pinalized …if you have given time to CONG and BJP for doing nothing for 5-10 years, then i think we dont have any right to talk about 1 month old AAP govt to implement all his Promises. 2. See the good that these people have tried to change the VIP culture for the first time ever. 3. Have you checked that the Kejriwal Govt. has come up with initial promises and working on long term work. 4. don’t you have enough brain to understand the fact that Media has important role to make a negative face of APP. 5 and please tell your self why AAP is not good, have they indulge themself into any kind of SCAMs, what are the things they said they not do or implement, have they made any commitment asking to give some more time….Think carefully and Sensibily that they are the only hope we have….Please don’t get movated by Corrupt Politician ….Please let AAP work…

    • Vivek

      Don’t tell cock and bull stories to us on AK and politicians leaving no choice. I sent several tweets/emails to fraudulent AK to come up a primary election to select candidates instead of giving tickets. He never responds to any ideas. He gave tickets to PDS scammer and calls them false allegations. This guy is nothing but a fraud.

      Yogendra Yadav is another fraudulent CON party thief masquerading as AAP advisor. He is Rahul Gandhi’s right hand man. I fell for AK during agitation but now found what kind of fraud he is.

      If he has any guts, he can use some of the ideas/suggestions instead of collecting money and selling tickets. He says Vijay Goel is selling ticket for Rs 2 Crore. What about him? There are same allegations against him too.

      Headlines Today cameras capture trucks diverting PDS wheat meant for Delhi’s poor to private flour mills
      http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/trucks-diverting-pds-wheat-meant-for-delhi-poor-to-private-flour-mills/1/314590.html

      They had no fear of police, clearly indicating the latter’s involvement in the massive scam that has been running under the nose of Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf

      Will he go after Haroon Yusuf? No. He won’t. His primary task is to take away all the anti-estblishment votes that can go against CONGi and make sure BJP does not get it. That is the primary task given to him by Sonia.

  • Amol Joshi

    Totally biased article and I noticed that niticentral did not post Sharma’s responses to Kejriwal’s rebuttal. Has Sharma ever questioned Sonia Gandhi in this way or Advani. They would not give him the time of day as he is a cockroach. Sharma is lucky that Kejriwal does not shrink from any battle. He has truth on his side. Sharma has a ratings agenda and his only goal is to bring down Kejriwal.

    Sorry Sharma and NitiCentral. Your bogus articles and twisted tales will not work on me. You website gets read for good laughs.

  • Joe

    Don’t manipulate the facts. I love Modi. But BJP is of course not as good as AAP.

  • Sunil Jaggi

    People shouldn’t go over board with Kejriwal and trust him to be their savior. Like any other small regional party in Bharat he will also become another SP, BSP, RJD and JD(U). Its a failed formula which all bharatiya tried and everyone so hungry for power that went and tied with corrupt congress. By now people must have heard their comments on Batla House encounter where the Courts have upheld the verdicts but these Pseudo-Secular and Maoist Sympathisers + Kashmiri Terrorist Supporters in his party have shown the colors there are Multiple issues with they have to dealt with not only Corruption, Inflation, Internal Security, Terrorism, as far as Vadra expose is concern that was already there and Dr. Swamy was following it up. AAP refused to go to Court against him. We want Governance not the Ruler. They are another Bunch of Opportunist and a creation of Paid Media just to appease they remove the BharatMata,s poster from Jantar-Mantar site of the agitation. One must have notice the people who were sharing the stage with them from Sonia’s NAC.

  • Fact

    The main person to help is Modi. By fielding his party candidates he is only the helping corrupt Congress. Some in BJP are no doubt corrupt but Modi is absolutely honest and deserves support and Kejriwal should support him to bring down the Congress first. Where anti corruption is concerned, Modi and Kejriwal are on the same side. If Modi fails, India fails and corruption wins.

  • Indian

    The salaries of MP’s in the parliament are 68 times higher (approx.37 lakhs per annum, other than several benefits enjoyed by the member and the family)than the national average. There is no accountability or Conflict of Interest concerns in any of the parliamentary dealings. The MPs can vote themselves for their salary hike and benefit from office without anyone to question their work ethics or efficiency. Even at the peak of this recession, usage of petrol is free for them. A good number of them are not even employable (I doubt Rahul Gandhi can even pass the Railway clerk exam, or cook a decent meal other than eating at homes of the impoverished). This is corruption. And the AAP is trying to fight that. 60% of the RS members are crorepaties and 30% of all MP s have serious cases pending against them. It is not a situation of socialist or capitalist confrontation. Feel free to consider implementing strong public office laws as practiced in the US.
    No Modi or Rahul will dare to raise these issues in the public because they have all been beneficiaries of this loot for decades. The Gujarat model of development is a sham. All the beneficiaries are political vested interest groups (please read the laws related to entitlements for cash or kind benefits of political offices of developed as well as some of the developing counties!). Introspect, and then express opinions please. Not a question of ANNA and Mr.K. Its related to all of us. All of us have to understand the far reaching implications and perils of voting the Congress and the BJP repeatedly. We need very strict laws and implementation machinery that helps the country to optimize its human and natural resources towards development. We have to understand why NITI CENTRAL publishes these articles under such misleading headings. “Greatness cannot be achieved by trickery” : SRI RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA

    Jai Hind

  • Ajay Chandra

    There are 6 candidates from BJP for the Chief Minister post in Delhi. So every 10 Months, there will be a new BJP Chief Minister in Delhi. So beware Delhi Voters, remember the BJP fiasco in Karnataka. They had to change 3 Chief Ministers. Delhi will be Double-Trouble !!

    1 Modi rally in Delhi = ENTIRE budget of 70 clean candidates from the Aam Aadmi Party ( in White Money ) ! So if you still feel that the BJP will eradicate corruption in Delhi, Keep on dreaming…..

  • Ajay Chandra

    Mr Rajat Sharma is a known RSS sympathizer ( In college days, he was a ABVP Leader ) & has excellent relationship with the BJP leaders. Infact several times, the BJP has used him to trouble shoot several issues. The editor of Niti central – Mr Kanchan Gupta would be able to throw more light on it. So no surprises that Mr Rajat Sharma conducted a sham of an interview with Arvind. Not allowing Arvind to speak properly & complete his replies. BTW, if you watch the interview, you can notice several erratic cuts instead of the smooth flow of the interview. Its likely that the interview has been edited ( though quite poorly ). Thank you Mr Rajat Sharma, BJP would be proud of you doing a hench job.

  • Arvind Kumar

    Funny thing is the writer of the article has simply put the conversation transcript as is.. and is not biased at all.. but still aap workers will jump in and shout foul.. I hope the people who have been fooled by kejri soon come to their senses. He is just making use of your victim mentality. If you are a paid worker of aap to comment here.. please just dislike this comment :) .. rest of you.. watch the episode clearly.. also watch his interview in newsx.. also listen to what he said in ndtv with rubbish kumar, on a question from audience on good governance of Narendra Modi.. he said — he is good but he will not be cm of delhi, so you should vote for aap.. even all his workers are trying to fool people, saying, we will all vote for modi in general elections.. but we should vote for aap in delhi.. some days back he was putting corruption charges on Modi .. whom are you trying to fool mr kejri ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1816102143 Anurag Patanwar

      some are ready to take risk to be fooled for the first time…but you seem to be fooled repetitively…quite a habitual customer….

      • Arvind Kumar

        Anurag.. If you didn’t make that comment just because you have some agenda to blame BJP and help congress win, please understand this – You said, fooled repeatedly.. my friend for 60 years it is congress in power.. not BJP and BJP ruled states as we see today are doing good.. understand BJP as a party, its values, ideology, culture.. just because some people may be bad in the party.. that too at the lower levels with less decision making capability, you are blaming bjp.. please..

        • pratik

          man get ur facts right,BJP has been in power in states do not forget that,BJP was in power in the center when we had the coffin scam cannot you remember..kargil ke shahidon ke tabooton paar bhi dalali kaar li thhi..do not forget bangaru laxman in the NDA government..tehelka ki solid sting aayi thhi..jo dollars mein paise chahte thhe…karnataka ke reddy brothers ,yedyurappa….iron ore smuggling to china,operation lotus to buy up MPs by Karnataka BJP,everybody knows Yedyurappa is the most corrupt chief minister of karnataka till date,….and for God’s sake do not say that yedyurappa is innocent as court has found no evidence against him…..kyunki congress ke chore ministers 2g cwg railgate coalgate…kissi ko convict nahin declare kiya hai..system mein hi problem hai…..BJP ruled states congress ruled se better condition mein hain,dis does not mean 3rd option AAP is bad……good for people

  • Hindu

    Arvind Kejriwal is extremely clever.

    One day he dreamt how to become famous and how to get money. So he started with anti- corruption aandolan. Once he got famous or rather known to Indians he decided to leave Anna and jump into politics.

    This man is very dangerous. He is a barking dog. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is funded by Khangress so the votes get divided hence more chances for Khangress. What can you expect from this man if he says he has taken advice from everybody including Pigvijay!

    Extremely dangerous man for India.

  • reddy

    Please do not put nonsense as article and lower the credibility of a decent website. Else just display notice website for bjp supporters.

  • Choduram

    I think both Modi and Kejriwal are 2 sides of the same coin. Both are good for the nation. BJP should cede space to AAP in assembly elections in Delhi and AAP to BJP in Lok Sabha elections (Delhi)

  • Abhisek

    AAP has unleashed a malicious campaign in Delhi and when people pose tough questions they are trying to shoot the messenger. If Rajat Sharma asks tough questions then he is branded as an ABVP guy. If Sharma gives documentary evidence of corruption against AAP candidates then Kejriwal says it is to be one-sided but himself accuses Vijay Goel of corruption without any evidence. This shows the duplicity and the pro-Congress mindset of the AAP. AT this rate the outfit will fizzle out in next couple of months time when the results of Delhi come in December 2014. AAP will end up as also ran and would struggle to go beyond 5 seats in Delhi.

  • Ravee

    No problem now…..as soon as new politicions come into power like Modi or Kajrewal, i will become honest..no indian will offer bribe to anyome and no indian will take a bribe for doing his/her job. No policeeman will harres anyone, no blakc market for PDS, no railway TT will sell empty seats on trains, there will be no garbage on the streets, no one will drive on the wrong side of the road,no one will throw garbage out of the car window while driving,,, only the government has to change and milk and honey will flow on the streets and of course no one will be poor…hip hip hurry….only the government should change…..wah mere bharat nivasi wah!!!!

  • Meenakshi

    AAP website has the affidavit filed by Deshraj but none of the RTI responses..neither the first filed by Achal Sharma nor the second which Kejriwal claims was the correct one and acknowledges the error in the first RTI response. All this internal lokpal/committee is a sham.

  • Anurag

    Looked like a new recruit to the naked group of BJP+Congress is questioning Arvind ” Why your cloths don’t suit you”???

  • Uday

    I will never believe this guy. He is the biggest politician just like Lalu, Mulayam or Mayawati. He comes from the civil society, where is the civil in him. He is like a street vendor who can shout anythhing, if he has proof he better present the same against Vijay Goyal or Shiela dixit. When it comes to his party candidates he is asking for govt to investigate and when you talk about opposition party leaders he is very Eloquent in declaring them scamster without giving it a second thought. People of Delhi are going to have a rude shock ones he wins the elections. He is for sure know he is not gonna win – objective is to commit something which cannot be met(like passing the lokpal bill within 15 days, which is next to impossible) and ensuring he dupes delhities to vote for him. His goal is to win 10-12 seats and have a hung assembly and ensure he is the king maker. Watch this space after the election results.

    DELHITES beware of this rouge turned politician

    • anup

      he is also dont want people like you.

  • RAHUL

    KEJRIWAL A BIGGEST FRAUD ON EARTH WHAT HAS HE DONE IN DELHI NOT A SINGLE PROMISE HE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF POLITICS BY PEOPLE

  • RAHUL

    KEJRIWAL A BIGGEST FRAUD ON EARTH WHAT HAS HE DONE IN DELHI NOT A SINGLE PROMISE HE SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF POLITICS BY PEOPLE

  • Indian

    नई दिल्ली। इंडिया टीवी के सर्वेसर्वा रजत शर्मा 14 मार्च को प्रसारित 9 बजे के कार्यक्रम ‘आज की बात’ में अरविंद केजरीवाल के कई पेंच खोलने की कोशिश की। बुखार होने और बीमार होने का हवाला देते हुए रजत शर्मा ने पत्रकारिता के प्रति अपनी प्रतिबद्धता साबित करने के लिये 14 मार्च का कार्यक्रम एंकर किया। लेकिन कार्यक्रम के अंत में रजत शर्मा ने जो दावा किया था अब वो सारे दावे सवालों के घेरे में है। इस कार्यक्रम के अंत में रजत शर्मा ने अरविंद केजरीवाल और उनकी टीम को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि “केजरीवाल जी, आपको पब्लिक लाइफ में आये हुये चार दिन हुये हैं। संघर्ष क्या होता है, ये आपको नहीं मालूम है। लेकिन अपनी बात कहने की आजादी के लिये मैंने इमरजेंसी के ज़माने में जेल काटी है। उस ज़माने में जब अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता पर अंकुश था, आज़ाद अखबार निकालने के लिये पुलिस मुझे पकड़ के ले गई और मैंने मार खाई। दो दिन तक थाने में टार्चर सहा और अगर हिम्मत से सच कहने के लिये सौ बार और ज़ेल जाना पड़ेगा तो मैं तैयार हूं क्योंकि देश की जनता मेरे साथ है।” गौरतलब हो कि रजत शर्मा ने अपने कार्यक्रम में इस तरह के दावे किये हैं।

    दरअसल 57 वर्षीय रजत शर्मा का जन्म 30 अप्रैल 1956 में हुआ था। इन्होने जिस इमरजेंसी के ज़माने में जेल काटने की बात कही है, उसकी हक़ीकत ये है कि रजत शर्मा ने अपनी पत्रकारिता की शुरुआत ही 1982 के आसपास की थी। आपातकाल 25 जून, 1975 को लगाया गया था और 21 मार्च 1977 तक लागू था। यहाँ गौर करने की बात ये है कि जिस वक़्त के बारे में रजत शर्मा एक स्वतंत्र अखबार निकालने की बात करते हैं उस वक़्त इनकी उम्र मात्र 19 साल की थी। अब यहाँ ज़रा सोचने वाली बात ये है कि अगर वो सिर्फ आंदोलन में जेल जाने की बात कहते तो एक बार उनकी बातों पर विश्वास किया भी जा सकता था। लेकिन 19 साल की उम्र में अखबार का मालिक, ये ज़रा अतिसंयोक्ति सी लग रही है क्यूंकि उन्होंने खुद अपने एक इंटरव्यू में स्वीकार किया है कि उनका पत्रकारिता कैरियर 1982 में शुरू हुआ है तो 1975 में वो अखबार के मालिक कैसे हो गए? रजत शर्मा के ही पुराने इंटरव्यू के अनुसार 1982 में पहली बार उन्होंने ऑनलुकर में अपना पहला लेख लिखा था।

    गौरतलब हो कि 11 अप्रैल 2009 को बीबीसी को दिये एक साक्षात्कार के अंश में या विकिपीडिया पर इसकी सत्यता की जांच कर सकते हैं। उनका कहना था कि “पत्रकार बनने का कभी नहीं सोचा था। बस सोचा था कि एम कॉम के बाद बैंक में नौकरी करूँगा और घर का भार कम करूँगा। एम कॉम के रिज़ल्ट का इंतज़ार कर रहा था तभी मेरी मुलाक़ात जयनंदा ठाकुर से हुई। उन्हें रिसर्चर की ज़रूरत थी। उन्होंने इसके लिए मुझे चार सौ रुपये महीने देने का वादा किया। एक दिन मैंने उनसे कहा कि जितनी सूचनाएँ मैं देता हूँ, वो सब तो आप इस्तेमाल नहीं करते। क्या मैं इसे इस्तेमाल कर सकता हूँ? फिर मैंने एक लेख ऑनलुकर पत्रिका को भेजा और उन्होंने इसके लिए मुझे 600 रुपये दिए। ये बात जुलाई 1982 की होगी। ऑनलुकर के एडीटर डीएम सिल्वेरा ने मुझे पत्रिका में बतौर ट्रेनी का ऑफ़र दिया। इसे आप मेरी किस्मत ही कह सकते हैं। 1982 के आखिर में उन्होंने मुझे संवाददाता बना दिया, फिर 1984 में दिल्ली का ब्यूरो चीफ़।”

    अब यहाँ ये रिसर्च का विषय है कि रजत शर्मा ने अपने पुराने इंटरव्यू में झूठ बोला था कि उनका पत्रकारिता कैरियर सन 1982 में शुरू हुआ था या फिर अब बोल रहे हैं कि वो 1975 में आपातकाल के दौरान उनके आज़ाद अखबार चलाने के लिए उन्हें जेल भेजा गया था। वैसे ‘आप की अदालत’ लगा कर मशहूर हुये रजत शर्मा अब ‘आप’ की अदालत के कटघरे में हैं। जाहिर है, केजरीवाल को झूठा बताने की कोशिश में रजत शर्मा ऐसी बात कह गये हैं, जिसे साबित करना उनके लिये मुश्किल होगा।

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    नई दिल्ली। इंडिया टीवी के सर्वेसर्वा रजत शर्मा 14 मार्च को प्रसारित 9 बजे के कार्यक्रम ‘आज की बात’ में अरविंद केजरीवाल के कई पेंच खोलने की कोशिश की। बुखार होने और बीमार होने का हवाला देते हुए रजत शर्मा ने पत्रकारिता के प्रति अपनी प्रतिबद्धता साबित करने के लिये 14 मार्च का कार्यक्रम एंकर किया। लेकिन कार्यक्रम के अंत में रजत शर्मा ने जो दावा किया था अब वो सारे दावे सवालों के घेरे में है। इस कार्यक्रम के अंत में रजत शर्मा ने अरविंद केजरीवाल और उनकी टीम को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि “केजरीवाल जी, आपको पब्लिक लाइफ में आये हुये चार दिन हुये हैं। संघर्ष क्या होता है, ये आपको नहीं मालूम है। लेकिन अपनी बात कहने की आजादी के लिये मैंने इमरजेंसी के ज़माने में जेल काटी है। उस ज़माने में जब अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता पर अंकुश था, आज़ाद अखबार निकालने के लिये पुलिस मुझे पकड़ के ले गई और मैंने मार खाई। दो दिन तक थाने में टार्चर सहा और अगर हिम्मत से सच कहने के लिये सौ बार और ज़ेल जाना पड़ेगा तो मैं तैयार हूं क्योंकि देश की जनता मेरे साथ है।” गौरतलब हो कि रजत शर्मा ने अपने कार्यक्रम में इस तरह के दावे किये हैं।

    दरअसल 57 वर्षीय रजत शर्मा का जन्म 30 अप्रैल 1956 में हुआ था। इन्होने जिस इमरजेंसी के ज़माने में जेल काटने की बात कही है, उसकी हक़ीकत ये है कि रजत शर्मा ने अपनी पत्रकारिता की शुरुआत ही 1982 के आसपास की थी। आपातकाल 25 जून, 1975 को लगाया गया था और 21 मार्च 1977 तक लागू था। यहाँ गौर करने की बात ये है कि जिस वक़्त के बारे में रजत शर्मा एक स्वतंत्र अखबार निकालने की बात करते हैं उस वक़्त इनकी उम्र मात्र 19 साल की थी। अब यहाँ ज़रा सोचने वाली बात ये है कि अगर वो सिर्फ आंदोलन में जेल जाने की बात कहते तो एक बार उनकी बातों पर विश्वास किया भी जा सकता था। लेकिन 19 साल की उम्र में अखबार का मालिक, ये ज़रा अतिसंयोक्ति सी लग रही है क्यूंकि उन्होंने खुद अपने एक इंटरव्यू में स्वीकार किया है कि उनका पत्रकारिता कैरियर 1982 में शुरू हुआ है तो 1975 में वो अखबार के मालिक कैसे हो गए? रजत शर्मा के ही पुराने इंटरव्यू के अनुसार 1982 में पहली बार उन्होंने ऑनलुकर में अपना पहला लेख लिखा था।

    गौरतलब हो कि 11 अप्रैल 2009 को बीबीसी को दिये एक साक्षात्कार के अंश में या विकिपीडिया पर इसकी सत्यता की जांच कर सकते हैं। उनका कहना था कि “पत्रकार बनने का कभी नहीं सोचा था। बस सोचा था कि एम कॉम के बाद बैंक में नौकरी करूँगा और घर का भार कम करूँगा। एम कॉम के रिज़ल्ट का इंतज़ार कर रहा था तभी मेरी मुलाक़ात जयनंदा ठाकुर से हुई। उन्हें रिसर्चर की ज़रूरत थी। उन्होंने इसके लिए मुझे चार सौ रुपये महीने देने का वादा किया। एक दिन मैंने उनसे कहा कि जितनी सूचनाएँ मैं देता हूँ, वो सब तो आप इस्तेमाल नहीं करते। क्या मैं इसे इस्तेमाल कर सकता हूँ? फिर मैंने एक लेख ऑनलुकर पत्रिका को भेजा और उन्होंने इसके लिए मुझे 600 रुपये दिए। ये बात जुलाई 1982 की होगी। ऑनलुकर के एडीटर डीएम सिल्वेरा ने मुझे पत्रिका में बतौर ट्रेनी का ऑफ़र दिया। इसे आप मेरी किस्मत ही कह सकते हैं। 1982 के आखिर में उन्होंने मुझे संवाददाता बना दिया, फिर 1984 में दिल्ली का ब्यूरो चीफ़।”

    अब यहाँ ये रिसर्च का विषय है कि रजत शर्मा ने अपने पुराने इंटरव्यू में झूठ बोला था कि उनका पत्रकारिता कैरियर सन 1982 में शुरू हुआ था या फिर अब बोल रहे हैं कि वो 1975 में आपातकाल के दौरान उनके आज़ाद अखबार चलाने के लिए उन्हें जेल भेजा गया था। वैसे ‘आप की अदालत’ लगा कर मशहूर हुये रजत शर्मा अब ‘आप’ की अदालत के कटघरे में हैं। जाहिर है, केजरीवाल को झूठा बताने की कोशिश में रजत शर्मा ऐसी बात कह गये हैं, जिसे साबित करना उनके लिये मुश्किल होगा।

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    Yes uske liye tumhare jaisa log hi thik hai jinka kam hai jhut bolna ,dusro ko nicha dikhana kam kuchh nahi aur baten badi karna,
    Aur fir bhi man na lage to dharne par baith Jana
    Ufffff bhagwan bachaye is desh ko Arvind kejriwal se




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