Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who has been fighting the holy war on corruption, today met DMK President MK Stalin along with MP Kanimozhi and former A. Raja, both of whom were acquitted in 2G spectrum case in December last year.
DMK President MK Stalin along with party leaders Kanimozhi, A Raja and TR Balu met Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi today. The DMK President also invited him for the inauguration ceremony of the statue of M Karunanidhi in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/9MizCqoQ9a
— ANI (@ANI) December 10, 2018
When the judgement acquitting Kanimozhi and A Raja was pronounced, Kejriwal was quite upset at the acquittal and had wondered whether the CBI had messed up the case, intentionally?
2G scam is one of the biggest scams. It rocked the country n was one of the reasons for UPA’s downfall. Today everyone goes scot free. Did CBI mess up the case? Intentionally? People need answers
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 21, 2017
During the launch of actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s new political outfit, Corruption-warrior Kejriwal had urged voters to not vote for ‘corrupt’ DMK and AIADMK.
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 21, 2018
Reminder: MK Stalin is president of DMK and his sister, MP Kanimozhi was acquitted in 2G spectrum case.
The irony of this was not lost on Twitter users who pointed it out.
Sochta Hun Kya Se kya
Ke wo Kitne Ho gaye
Masoom the Dekhte Dekhte pic.twitter.com/5bBwwjkat3
— स्वामी श्री सनीचर (@Ruchhan) December 10, 2018
Kejriwal with A Raja & Kanimojhi – How fraud a person can be pic.twitter.com/D76iZzaUT5
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) December 10, 2018
Stalin, amongst other things, reportedly even suggested that Kejriwal and Congress should let go of their differences and join hands for the anti-NDA alliance for the upcoming general elections.
#NewsAlert – @mkstalin meets Delhi Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal, appeals to @AamAadmiParty Chief for a @INCIndia-AAP alliance. “Congress and Kejriwal must let go of their differences”, says Stalin. #ElectionsWithNews18 #RoadTo2019 | @_pallavighosh with more details pic.twitter.com/qtzrNggr2l
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 10, 2018
The meeting between the leaders come a day before the poll results will be announced in five states – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana and hours before the joint opposition meeting. Kejriwal, who till now has been religiously snubbed by Congress and its allies, is expected to participate in the meeting for the first time.
In the 20 minute-long meeting, it is learnt that Stalin pleaded for Opposition unity. According to reports, he asked Kejriwal to drop his adversarial stance towards Congress and to join hands with Opposition to construct an anti-BJP platform. Except, joining hands with Congress would mean Kejriwal, in his own words, joining hands with BJP’s ‘B team’.
Congress fast becoming BJP’s B team
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 12, 2014
But if Kejriwal is true to his words, he would probably stand by his promise that he will not form an alliance with either Congress or BJP ‘under any circumstances’.
No alliance wid either BJP or congress under any circumstances.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 28, 2013
Despite his very vocal anti-Modi stand and his attempts at being invited back into the buddy-group, Kejriwal has not been able to claw his way back into the ‘United Opposition’. Perhaps today’s meet would be the one ticket to being a groupie again.