Tag: Arvind Kejriwal

What do the slap on Kejriwal’s face and dirty pamphlet about Atishi say?

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Atishi and Gautam Gambhir (Image: Twitter)

A couple of days ahead of the polling date in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party’s star candidate Atishi is engaged in pamphlet war with her opponent and BJP candidate in the East Delhi Lok Sabha seat Gautam Gambhir. On April 9, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Atishi held a press conference over the offensive pamphlet, which they alleged Gautam was circulating in the constituency. Atishi also broke down during the presser over the derogatory content, targeting her in the pamphlet.

The cricketer-turned politician, though, responded with a defamation notice against the trio for linking him to the pamphlet. He demanded apology from them for making baseless allegations against him and warned them of a defamation case if they failed to do so.

Earlier he had expressed his disgust over the matter. “I abhor your act of outraging a woman’s modesty @ArvindKejriwal and that too your own colleague. And all this for winning elections? U r filth Mr CM and someone needs ur very own jadu to clean ur dirty mind.”

Then he had challenged Arvind Kejriwal with this tweet: “I declare that if it’s proven that I did it, I will withdraw my candidature right now. If not, will u quit politics?”

In response to the notice, Atishi approached the Delhi Commission for Women with a complaint against Gambhir and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

In the meanwhile, cricketing greats and former teammates of Gambhir, Harbajan Singh and VVS Laxman have expressed their shock at the allegation levelled against him and asserted that Gambhir could never talk ill of any woman.

Incidentally, the pamphlet row comes a few days after a man slapped Arvind Kejriwal during his road show in the national capital. Later, visuals showing the man, identified as Suresh, hobnobbing with AAP leaders had emerged. The BJP claimed that the AAP had staged the act to garner sympathy ahead of polls. Is the dirty pamphlet another ploy by AAP to turn women voters’ mind?

The seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi go to the polls on May 12.

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The mystery over Twitter war between Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal

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Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal (Image: Commons.Wiki)

Alliance talks between Rahul Gandhi led Congress party and Arvind Kejriwal led AAP for the sevel Lok Sabah seats in Delhi has been in the news since long. If it is about “agreement” one day, news about “disagreement” surfaces the next day. And several rounds of agreement and disagreement have already appeared and disappeared in the news space.

But the latest twist in this saga certainly raises eyebrows – a rare Twitter war between Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, April 15.

It all began with the tweet of the Congress president, saying that Kejriwal has taken another U-turn on alliance, but claiming at the same time that party is keeping its door open.

In response, Kejriwal wondered “Which U-turn?” His tweet in Hindi accused Gandhi of making (unnecessary) statements, without any true desire for alliance. He also blamed the Congress president for dividing the anti-BJP votes in UP and other states, while “It is important to save the country from the danger of Modi-Shah”.

Congress and AAP leaders have been appearing together regularly on anti-BJP platforms, the latest being the press meet over EVM in Delhi two days ago. Then why suddenly did Rahul Gandhi have the urge to come on Twitter to against Kejriwal? Who were the target audience for his tweet? The BJP?

The DNA of the current BJP leadership in Delhi, led by Manoj Tiwari, seems to be rooted in optics rather than hard reality (remember the stunt in Army fatigue?). Such being the case, are Congress and AAP trying to project a “no alliance” picture in Delhi to fool the BJP into complacency?

Delhi goes to poll in the sixth phase on May 12, for which the nomination process ends on April 26. It is interesting to see if we get to hear about another round of talks on “alliance” between AAP and Congress.