Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was to go on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 demanding full statehood for Delhi from has called off his dharna because of the ‘prevailing Indo Pak situation’.
In view of prevailing Indo Pak situation, I am postponing my upwas for full statehood of Delhi. We all stand as one nation today.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
Indian Air Force, in a non-military preemptive air strike on the terror camps based out of Pakistan. Kejriwal, who had last time asked for a proof that India had carried out a surgical strike in September 2016, had politely hailed the Indian Air Force pilots today.
The air strikes are seen as a fitting response to the Pulwama terror attack which took place on February 14 which claimed lives of over 40 soldiers.
However, the ‘prevailing Indo Pak situation’ right after the terror attack did not come in way of Kejriwal when he announced the indefinite fast on Saturday, February 23, less than 10 days after the terror attack. Neither did the ‘prevailing Indo Pak situation’ come in way of him rushing to Puducherry to show solidarity by sitting on a dharna with Puducherry chief minister who was protesting against the implementation of the traffic safety rule of wearing a helmet.
Kejriwal today says that we all stand as one nation today. Except, this feeling of ‘standing as one nation’ did not seep in when India faced one of the worst ever terror attacks in recent times.
The irony was not lost on twitterati who immediately called him out on his dharna-drama.
केजरीवाल ने अपनी भूख हड़ताल रद्द कर दी
भारत के 50 सैनिक शहीद हुए तब भी भूख हड़ताल की घोषणा की, कोई प्रोग्राम कैंसिल नहीं किया
जैसे ही पाकिस्तान के आतंकी मरे, तुरंत सारे प्रोग्राम कैंसिल
सच ये हैं कि जनता AAP के साथ नहीं हैं, फ्लॉप शो के डर से कैंसिल की भूख हड़ताल
— Samvidhan Sena (@SamvidhanSena) February 26, 2019
Ha ha ha…..Fast unto death postponed because Indian Air Force
Killed 200 terrorists. https://t.co/aD4p46lWwl
— arun kohli (@AKohli03) February 26, 2019
Some even pointed out that it is perhaps because of the situation that Kejriwal’s dharna may not get as much media attention as he would have liked.
In view of media attention being diverted towards Indo-Pak situation, @ArvindKejriwal ji postponing his Most important task #DharnaOfTheYear.#Media_Houses thanks him for such a nice gesture. https://t.co/3seq84CzwC
— Reetika (@tomereets) February 26, 2019
— Rashmi Tambe (@rashmitambe) February 26, 2019
Many took this opportunity to take digs at Kejriwal.
हमला पाकिस्तान पर हुआ दस्त गुंगरू सेठ को लग गए
— Aashu? (@AashuSpeak) February 26, 2019
Aapne kaun sa hathiyaar utha kar border par ladna tha? Aap kariye upwaas. You’ve our support.
— Maj Neel Chaudhary, Retd. (@MajorNeel) February 26, 2019