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Kejriwal faces flak as students display his name during I-Day

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday embroiled in yet another controversy when students who took part in the Independence Day ceremony, formed his name with placards instead of patriotic messages.

arvind-6_122712091820The incident at the Chhatrasal stadium led to strong reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which termed it a “misuse” of the Independence Day celebrations.

In a statement, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay condemned the Aam Aadmi Party government for politically misusing the Independence Day function and lowering the dignity and sanctity of the day.

Delhi BJP media in-charge Praveen Shankar Kapoor said: “Self-obsessed chief minister Arvind Kejriwal should immediately apologize to the nation. This is an insult of the sacrifice of the freedom fighters.”

Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav called the act “embarrassing”, and tweeted: “AAP Delhi touches a new low. Embarrassing.”

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken termed it a matter of shame.

“I don’t believe it! It’s a shame!” Maken tweeted.

Reacting to the charges, government officials denied that it was done on instructions from the chief minister’s office.

They said the children also displayed other messages such as “Welcome” and “Thank You”.

Later, the government released a statement saying: “Delhi government condemns attempts to drag it into an unnecessary controversy on Independence Day, particularly when it had nothing to do with the entire issue.”

The government even released photographs of similar displays of the names of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

“These photographs speak for themselves and this direct and concrete evidence should put an end to undesirable speculation which was completely avoidable,” the statement said.

(IANS)

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)