On March 14, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Kapil Mishra and Tajinder Bagga expressed their happiness and hailed Kejriwal for his decision to celebrate Bhavya Ram Mandir and remind people of barbaric Mughal history. In a sarcastic video message, they said, “We are here to thank Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. He has announced that he will take the elders in Delhi for ‘darshan’ once Bhavya Ram Mandir is constructed in Ayodhya after the demolition of Babri Masjid.”
They further added that by taking the elders to Ayodhya by using the Delhi government’s funds, CM Kejriwal would remind people of the atrocities of Aurangzeb against Hindus. It will also remind people of the struggle Hindus to have to go through to reclaim the land and construct Bhavya Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “We thank Arvind Kejriwal and hope he will take more initiatives like this for Hindus in future. It will be a slap on the face of those who supported Babri Masjid,” Bagga and Mishra added.
The cryptic message was sarcasm on Kejriwal
On the first look, it may look like the BJP leaders are praising the opposition leader for his announcement that the Delhi government would facilitate darshan for elders in Ayodhya once the construction of Bhavya Ram Mandir is complete. However, it is more of a sarcastic comment on Kejriwal, who had supported Babri Masjid on several occasions.
Kejriwal, in 2014 said in a rally that Ram could not live in a temple that is constructed after demolishing a mosque. He narrated a possibly made-up story of a conversation between his grandmother and him. He had claimed, “When the Babri Masjid was demolished, I asked my grandmother that she must be happy. A temple for her Bhagwan Ram will be constructed in Ayodhya. To which she replied, my Ram will not live in a temple that is constructed by demolishing a mosque.”
This is the same Kejriwal who in 2015 attacked BJP for not giving the date of Ram Mandir. He said, “They always say they will construct a temple in Ayodhya but never tell the date when it will be constructed.”
In 2016, while attacking BJP, he posted a derogatory cartoon mocking Bhagwan Hanuman.
Kejriwal once questioned the construction of Ram Mandir, shared a cartoon depicting lord Hanuman ‘set fire’ to JNU when students clashed over semester form and had insulted swastika.— Varun Puri (@varunpuri1984) March 10, 2021
And Now, he is being opportunistic to gather Hindu votes. Shameless politics! pic.twitter.com/0MQxU7iikc
In 2018, Kejriwal said that by constructing the temple, no one could assure progress. He dragged Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech and said, “I was thinking if Nehru had constructed temple instead of constructing steel authority of India, would India be able to progress?
Reactions from netizens
Netizens mocked Kejriwal for his u-turn on the temple. Some even called him a chameleon.
Yaaaaar, aap do bhai toh …. @TajinderBagga 🤣🤣— Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) March 14, 2021
नानी मार चुकी है, लड़का Engineer बन गया अब सभी बुजुर्गों को अयोध्या लेकर जाएँगे श्रीमान गिरगिटवाल जी… pic.twitter.com/dbq2wKEA3c— SharmaUC (@Anupdesh_UC) March 14, 2021
2018 : We don’t need Ram mandir, build an university at that place— You_Boon (@IAmCreator88888) March 14, 2021
2021 : Will take senior citizens to Ram temple darshan
Chappalchor Chameleon pic.twitter.com/7yEZvUECZV
वाह रे गिरगिट? नस्ल तो हाइब्रिड लगती है मतलब लोमड़ी वाली मक्कारी के संग गिरगिट के रंगों का गज़ब तालमेल। pic.twitter.com/4d9QRLy6XC— वंदेमातरम👌जयहिन्द (@Shailen55750020) March 11, 2021
रामराज की बात नहीं करो इस रामराज्य में हिंदुओं के लिए कोई जगह नहीं है— PARAS SONI (@parassony) March 14, 2021
आपकी पार्टियों के लोग दिल्ली दंगों मे थे
चांदनी चौक के मंदिर पर अटैक
यह चांदनी चौक का मंदिर हटाना
हिंदुओं की हत्या पर आपका चुप रहना
दूसरे समुदाय के लिए पैसे देना
हिंदु बेवकूफ नही है
यूपी का तो बिल्कुल नहीं
इस से बड़ा दोगला और ख़तरनाक इंसान नहीं मिलेगा, आज से200 साल बाद लोग विश्वास नहीं करेंगे की गिरगिट से भी बड़ा गिरगिट कभी इस धरती पर जिया था। फ़ैसला आने तक ये हिंदू आतंकवाद की बात करते थे और आज राम भक्त, वोट के लिए ना जाने क्या क्या करेगा ये गिरगिट।— Bosshoss (@Bosshos68074292) March 14, 2021
Netizens expect that Kejriwal will again make a u-turn from his statement.