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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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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)