A few days ago, the Aam Aadmi Party had gone into outrage mode, after their supremo Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to the inauguration of Delhi metro’s Magenta line on Monday. This Delhi metro stretch from Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden was inaugurated by PM Modi, and UP CM Yogi Adityanath too was present during the ceremony.
Deputy CM Sisodiya has since then called this invitation snub of Kejriwal as an insult to Delhites, and alleged that he (Kejriwal) wasn’t invited out of fear that he might publicly demand a rollback of metro price hike.
Since then the party has spun this whole ‘metro invitation snub’ into a potential donation drive by asking people to donate to the party if they were angry against Kejriwal’s invitation snub:
‘Delhi CM wasn’t invited for Metro Magenta Line inauguration. If you are angry (then) donate to party’: AAPhttps://t.co/sGVSZ0LIDM
— Republic (@republic) December 28, 2017
It was certainly amusing to note that the party decided to milk a slight to Kejriwal’s personal ego by asking people to enrich their treasury.
People too took noted the same and bemusedly slammed the party:
Made water free,Donate!
Water not free,Donate!
Introduced odd-even, Donate!
Odd-even off, Donate!
Ration Cards, Donate!
Hospital license cancelled, Donate!
Happy with Delhi? Donate!
Angry with Modi? Donate! pic.twitter.com/vGK8A1C017
— Raghunath AS (@asraghunath) December 28, 2017
Hmm, so @AamAadmiParty has enough dough to ‘sponsor’ such posts but will milk every perceived slight to @ArvindKejriwalto beg for donations? Ghazipur junction pe Katora leke kyon nahi baith jaate AAP log? pic.twitter.com/gWvqFAOggB
— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) December 28, 2017
Quite a sustainable business model, considering that Kejriwal gets insulted on a daily basis and that anger can be converted into chanda for the party pic.twitter.com/s2Fguv1nqU
— Freelance Masakadzas (@Nesenag) December 28, 2017
If Delhiites shld donate to AAP for insult of not inviting Kejriwal to metro line inauguration, shldn’t Delhiites impose fine on AAP for this insult of its citizens? https://t.co/ZsmrTeAqJO
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) December 28, 2017
A few decided to crack jokes:
I was not invited to Virats reception. If you are angry then donate mirchagalib@upi https://t.co/96gLH1eC0X
— मिर्चा ग़ालिब (@mirchagalib) December 28, 2017
— one tip one hand_ (@OneTipOneHand_) December 28, 2017
AAP: Delhi CM Kejriwal was not invited to metro line inauguration, if u r angry then donate to AAP.
— Delhi se hu bhench*d (@delhichatter) December 28, 2017
Now one wonders whether AAP’s renewed spur to take money from people, would also translate into making its donation process more transparent by reinstating the public list of donors, which it inexplicably decided to pull down from its website in June, 2016.