The Newshour Debate: Farrukhabad violence

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In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Mayank Gandhi, Member, IAC; Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP Mahila Morcha National Vice-President and Keshav Rao, Senior Leader, Congress -- discuss the issue whether the violence between Congress and IAC workers in Farrukhabad is a worrying sign of things to come.

A scuffle broke out between Congress workers and supporters of activist Arvind Kejriwal who also included members of a farmers' group as he took his fight against corruption to this parliamentary constituency of Union Minister Salman Khurshid in Farrukhabad. There were no reports of any injuries to anyone, official sources said, as tight security arrangements were put in place ahead of Kejriwal's protest rally. The rally was organised by Indian Against Corruption (IAC) headed by the activist-turned politician to protest alleged irregularities by a trust run by Khurshid, the Union External Affairs Minister, and his wife. The police chased away the clashing workers before the situation could escalate. Taking the battle to Khurshid's home turf, Kejriwal on Thursday (Nov 1) asked the voters here not to reelect Khurshid for alleged financial irregularities in the trust headed by him. Kejriwal presented some able-bodied people whom he claimed were listed as physically-challenged beneficiaries by the NGO run by the Union Minister and his wife Louise. Following Kejriwal's threat to stage a protest in his home constituency from Nov 1, Khurshid had said that "let them come and visit Farrukhabad. But let him also return from Farrukhabad." Kejriwal had interpreted the comments as a threat to him. Kejriwal had announced holding the rally after alleging that Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, the NGO run by Khurshid and Louise, was involved financial bunglings while implemeting schemes meant for welfare of physically-challenged people.