Kejriwal has no character or ideology, says BJP MP Gautam Gambhir
Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on his recent visit to Ayodhya, Bharatiya Janata Party’s MP from east Delhi Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said ‘Kejriwal doesn’t have any character or ideology’.
On Monday, Kejriwal visited Ayodhya and attended the evening ‘aarti’ at the Sarayu river.
Today Kejriwal will be worshiping Lord Hanuman and Ram Lalla temples.
“The Delhi Chief Minister is another name for hypocrisy and double standards in politics,” the cricketer-turned-politician added.
“All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and parties like it are better than Kejriwal,” he said.
“In some ways, parties like the AIMIM are better than Kejriwal because they are clear with their communal agenda and work accordingly. The Delhi Chief Minister on the other hand doesn’t really have any character or ideology. All of us are aware of what he and his party leaders have said about the Ram Temple issue on several occasions in the past and now he is trying to wash away his sins by going to Ayodhya,” the BJP MP added.
Gambhir said politicians like Kejriwal are a lesson for the society that they can do anything for the Chief Minister’s chair.
“If 130 crore people of India work together as a family by demolishing all walls of differences and discrimination, then no one can stop it from becoming a major power in the world,” Kejriwal had said in Ayodhya.
The AAP’s tactics have a lot to do with the structural weaknesses it faces and its desire to expand beyond them.
Kejriwal has realized that there is a Hindu vote bank vis-a-vis a Muslim vote bank in Delhi. He has also realized that the Muslim vote bank, being a minority, has a tendency to vote en bloc and since Modi became Prime Minister, they consciously vote for a party that seems to be in a position to defeat the BJP.
During the 2013 assembly elections, Muslim voters could not ascertain whether AAP could defeat the BJP. Division of votes led to the Congress winning eight seats in Delhi, with the majority of these seats from Muslim-dominated constituencies. This was one of the major reasons for AAP not getting a majority, it won only 28 seats and had to form the government with the support of Congress MLAs. In these constituencies, I was told at the time by Muslim voters that they would not repeat that mistake again. No wonder Congress could not open its electoral account in 2015. Division of votes is a thing of the past. Kejriwal knows this well.
Instead, he is going all out to flaunt himself as a Hindu who is rooted in Hindu family values. He let his mother bless him in the traditional Hindu way when he filed his nomination and later made sure that such pictures went viral on social media.
The Delhi government has made special arrangements every year for visiting Kanwariyas. Special tents were erected. Posters and banners welcoming Kanwariyas were splashed all over the city. His party was seen mixing with Kanwariyas. For senior citizens, his government made special provisions for religious pilgrims.
Recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa is an electorally smart move to avoid being painted as a leader who only cares for Muslims and feeds biryani to Shaheen Bagh protesters.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The AAP Chief and his party leaders are leaving no stone unturned to make a mark in the polls.
Getting on soft Hindutva is one of those electoral tactics
[With Inputs from IANS]
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