On odd days Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal promises that his party is against casteism and will fight tooth and nail against the social evil. On even days, however, he becomes the brand ambassador of the same evil. Just sample these tweets of the king of contradictions.
On 26th November, Aam Aadmi Party’s 6th anniversary, Kejriwal had tweeted how the party was formed to free the country’s politics of the poison of casteism.
छह साल पहले आज ही के दिन आम आदमी पार्टी की राजनीतिक यात्रा शुरू हुई। नि:स्वार्थ भाव से काम करने वाले लाखों कार्यकर्ताओं और शुभचिंतकों के दम पर तमाम बाधाओं के बावजूद भारत को भ्रष्टाचार, सांप्रदायिकता और जातिवाद के जहर से मुक्त कराने की दिशा में यह राजनीतिक क्रांति आगे बढ़ रही है।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 26, 2018
A week later, he was caught alleging on Twitter how names of 50% voters of ‘Agrawal community’, once supporters of BJP but now ‘upset’ after GST implementation, are ‘missing’.
अग्रवाल समाज के दिल्ली में टोटल 8 लाख वोट हैं। उनमें से लगभग 4 लाख वोट कटवा दिए? यानि 50%. आज तक ये समाज भाजपा का कट्टर वोटर था। इस बार नोटबंदी और GST की वजह से ये नाराज़ हैं तो भाजपा ने इनके वोट ही कटवा दिए? बेहद शर्मनाक। https://t.co/hMDzMDMh3v
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 4, 2018
He even retweeted a tweet which, for some perversely odd reason, compared the Agrawal community to Muslims.
Kejriwal’s duality is not new and hence it does not come as a surprise that Kejriwal is resorting to divisive caste-based politics. In October 2017, during the runup to the Gujarat elections, he had tweeted how he wishes for a time when elections are fought on agenda of education and health and not caste and religion.
I wish a time comes when elections are fought on the agenda of education n health rather than caste n religion https://t.co/vhGEb7Q2pK
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 7, 2017
The epitome of hypocrisy that Kejriwal is, had forgotten his own tweet from a year prior when during the runup to Punjab elections he had promised how the deputy CM of Punjab would be from the Dalit community.
Dy CM of Punjab will be from dalit community
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 25, 2016
He had followed it up with how a ‘Dalit’ would occupy the chair of Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister.
Now, a dalit will soon occupy Sukhbir Singh Badal’s chair.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 26, 2016
Reminding our readers again that last week Kejriwal had tweeted that Aam Aadmi Party was formed to fight the poison of casteism.
Kejriwal and his army of zombies masquerading as “supporters” have regularly indulged in spreading caste and religion based hate politics.
He had earlier urged union minister Kiren Rijiju to not divide India between north, south, Hindus and Muslims.
Rijiju ji, pl don’t divide Indians into North n south Indians, Hindus n muslims. All Indians r good. It is politics that we need to improve
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 22, 2015
What is the issue? Amanatullah from okhla put up posters in some parts of del expressing displeasure that 3 muslim MLAs were joining BJP….
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 18, 2014
Kejriwal is not the only one bitten by the casteist bug. His former commander Ashutosh, who resigned from the party in August amidst speculation that he was upset over not getting Rajya Sabha seat, too has played the caste card regularly.
Why NITIN Patel is not made CM of Gujarat ? This question Patel community will ask in the days to come !!
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) August 5, 2016
When Vijay Rupani was made Gujarat chief minister after Anandiben Patel resigned, Ashutosh decided to identify Nitin Patel by his caste. Back in 2015, Ashutosh had urged journalists to not factor in the caste of candidates for elections.
Journalists/political pundits calculate caste/pronounce Verdict about polls.My suggestion please calculate aspirations.India is changing.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 29, 2015
It is rather unfortunate that Arvind Kejriwal, who portrayed himself as the new ray of hope in politics, which will give the citizens of India an option other than the traditional parties which have usually let the voters down has turned out to be such a disappointment. The party which came to power on the plank of being ‘different’ is not only just the same, it has turned out to be worse.