October 11, 2016: Familiar with "#AlooKejriwal" trending on Twitter? Well, A Delhi-based journalist who is also a former colleague of Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal has an answer!
Last week, in his October 5 Blog My Stint with Kejriwal: Wising up to 'Democracy' and 'Social Activism'– Kapil Bajaj has written about appalling revelations about Kejriwal's sexual affair with Shilpa (name changed by Kapil to hide the identity) at Thiruvananthapuram Guest House on Nov 18, 2008.
The story has gained momentum in last 24 hours. NewsGram reached out to Delhi-based Kapil Bajaj and spoke to him over the phone for almost 45 minutes. Kapil stands by his post. His phone number was later verified by us through True Caller. Kapil Bajaj has also authorised NewsGram via email to publish from the content of his blog post. NewsGram has decided to publish the excerpts from his blog post.
Bajaj mentions in his blog about Kejriwal's illicit relationship with a young girl, who was later appointed as the head of a Statutory Body when Arvind Kejriwal became Delhi Chief Minister.
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I worked full time with Arvind Kejriwal and his team from November 2008 to December 2009 in an exploration of 'local self-government, says the writer. In his blog, he mentiones that Shilpa is 16 years younger than Kejriwal and often used to refer to him playfully by nickname 'Aloo' (potato).
"I remember Shilpa asking him for money and Kejriwal responding promptly to her request with currency notes of a large denomination."
Bajaj claims that he was a witness to the incident, as a fellow traveler with Kejriwal and Shilpa in Thiruvananthapuram, in 2008, to study Kerala's People's Planning in Democracy project piloted by the Left Government.
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I waited and couldn't help seeing very clearly a part of the bed through the ample opening between the two leaves of the door.
My heart then skipped a beat as I saw both Shilpa and Kejriwal emerging from right side of the part of the bed that was visible to me and very quietly climbing off it; Kejriwal then hurriedly shoved her from behind towards the cupboard to the left of where I stood.
Both were clothed; Kejriwal was in his sleeping suit of kurta pyjama.
My heart was pounding.
The view through the opening in the double door was so clear that I feared Kejriwal's gaze might have met mine if he hadn't been in a hurry to hide Shilpa in the built-in cupboard.
It was an extraordinary sight.
The long blog that meticulously points out the details of the incident in November 2008, also mentions how the incident had left Bajaj in two minds about Kejriwal's transparency. He further mentions-
"The Ramon Magsaysay award winning 'social activist,' whom I had witnessed being feted in Kochi the other day for promoting transparency, was engaged in some kind of secret bedroom farce with his own young colleague."
It was still a very awkward moment – I knew he was acting, he probably feared that I might have suspected something,[bctt tweet=" and we both knew Shilpa was hiding in the cupboard." username="@newsgram1"]
Kejriwal then tried valiantly to inject some verisimilitude into that pretense by casually asking me:
'Where is Shilpa?'
I mumbled my 'ignorance' and left the room.
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The writer Kapil Babaj, in the end, mentions that at the end of his Kerala tour, the first two weeks of his stint with Kejriwal gave him a reality check of two things that had attracted him into his team: the idea of 'democracy' and the world of 'social activists.'
– by NewsGram Team