Punjab elections: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal refuses to accept holy ‘Gita’


February 24, 2017

‘Chanda Bandh Satyagraha’ had gone to his residence to present the holy book ‘Gita’ to him on Sunday in protest against his party’s decision of fielding as many as 21 candidates with criminal background in the assembly polls. However, in a shocking reaction, Kejriwal refused to accept it.

Kejriwal’s office bearers allowed Chanda Bandh Satyagraha convener Munish Raizada and two others to go inside the premises, but the others had to sit by the roadside. And even more shocking was the fact that Kejriwal made Raizada wait for a very long time and then did not even meet them or take the ‘Gita’ from them.

The ongoing Punjab Assembly elections are one of the tightest in recent times with the Congress party, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine as well as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tussling to take power in the wake of the state deteriorating across a number of economic and social parameters under the chief ministership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. From drugs to corruption a number of issues have been highlighted by the political parties, but one thing that has not received much of their attention is the fact that they have fielded a number of controversial people who have criminal or other cases registered against them – out of 21 tainted candidates, 9 face serious criminal charges like rape, murder, kidnapping and burglary. Looking to remind the AAP of this fact today was the ‘Chanda Bandh Satyagraha’, which called on Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. However, the self-styled fighter of corruption was quite unwilling to meet them and in fact showed shocking discourtesy – a far cry from Kejriwal’s days with social activist Anna Hazare.

Raizada in a statement said that “The motive was to make Arvind Kejriwal realise Gita’s key message about ‘Karma’. By fielding tainted candidates and hiding donors’ list, the Chanda Chor gang of the AAP was bent upon bringing bad Karma to the party and the public.”

Raizada added, “AAP is fooling the people of Punjab with the ideals and policies which they don’t even follow. We want Kejriwal to understand that Karma has its way of justice, and it is done sooner than later. AAP came in the politics with two major promises, transparency in political funding and to end criminality in politics. But of late, the party has complied with corrupt practices by obliterating its promises and policies.”

Considering how things panned out today, Raizada criticised Kejriwal on his tweet in which he had once quoted a Gita message that goes something like this: ‘Karmanye Vadhikaaraste Ma Phaleshu Kadaachana’ (do your job diligently and selflessly without worrying about the outcome, God is watching and he will take care of it).

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