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Days after saying AAP was formed to fight casteism, Kejriwal plays the caste card, again

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.

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.

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’.

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He even retweeted a tweet which, for some perversely odd reason, compared the Agrawal community to Muslims.

Tweet retweeted by Kejriwal

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.

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.

He had followed it up with how a ‘Dalit’ would occupy the chair of Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister.

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.

After his party leader, Amanatullah Khan was found putting posters across Okhla expressing displeasure that 3 Muslim MLAs had joined the BJP. And Kejriwal found nothing wrong in it.

Khan, who was a volunteer then is an MLA and regularly plays his religion card whenever he is caught on the wrong side of the law. You could read more about him here.

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.

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.

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.

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