India anti-graft crusader hints at forming Delhi government
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal vowed Sunday to punish corrupt politicians and clean up "dirty politics" in a fiery speech that hinted his party may lend support to form a coalition government in Delhi.
Mr Kejriwal, a former civil servant turned politician, has been under mounting pressure to form a coalition government since his party's stunning performance at December 4 state elections.
Mr Kejriwal is wary of joining forces with the Congress party or the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after voters flocked to his party, disillusioned with mainstream politics and angry over rampant corruption.
"If we form the government, we will pass the anti-corruption law and send corrupt BJP and Congress leaders to jail," Mr Kejriwal told a rally in Delhi of several hundred supporters. "We are not after political power. We want to change the system and cleanse the dirty politics," Mr Kejriwal said, adding that he expected to make an announcement on forming government on Monday.