Ground Report | New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal about Modi; Delhi Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal is no longer taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name at election rallies. Since the announcement of assembly elections in five states on January 8, Arvind Kejriwal has given a total of 38 speeches in different states, but he did not use the word ‘Modi’. He has only used the word ‘Modi’ in two press conferences.
According to the report of the Hindu, even at these press conferences, Arvind Kejriwal had once answered the reporter’s ‘Chhota Modi’ question and not Modi. For the second time, Kejriwal had referred to Modi for his earlier comments and not his attack on Modi.
This is how Arvind Kejriwal used to call Modi a ‘shameless dictator’, ‘cowardly’, ‘psychotic’ and ‘dangerous to Delhi’. Arvind Kejriwal used to leave almost no chance to target by taking Modi’s name.
Arvind Kejriwal has not only renounced Modi’s name in recent election campaigns, but he has barely taken Modi’s name in the last 32 months. Even in attacking the BJP and criticizing the central government’s decisions, Kejriwal does not take Modi’s name.
For example, Party chief Aam Aadmi made speeches against three controversial agricultural laws in 2020 and 21 at Jantar Mantar, Delhi Assembly and Singhu border, but did not use the word Modi or Prime Minister. Arvind Kejriwal’s party was opposed to Parliament’s farm bills on the road.
In March 2021, the Central Government introduced a Bill to give more powers to the Lieutenant Governor in Delhi. Against this, the Aam Aadmi Party organized only one protest on March 17. Even in this protest, Arvind Kejriwal did not use the word Modi or Prime Minister.
Last year, i.e. April 18-26, 2021, when Delhi was suffering from oxygen deprivation in the second wave of Kovid, even then the AAP supremo refrained from using the word Modi or Prime Minister. The Delhi government blamed the central government for not supplying enough oxygen. The Hindu found that in 2020, 2021 and 2022, the AAP supremo made a total of 45 speeches.
Kejriwal also follows the same pattern in his tweets. In 2022, he did not mention the word Modi in any tweets criticizing the Center or the BJP. In 2021, Arvind Kejriwal once wrote the word Modi in his tweet, when he congratulated the Prime Minister on his birthday. Congratulating Prime Minister Modi, Arvind Kejriwal wrote: “Happy birthday to the respected PM. I pray for his long and healthy life.”
Arvind Kejriwal had last mentioned the word Modi in his September 17 tweet to wish Prime Minister Modi a happy birthday. The most interesting thing is that Arvind Kejriwal has almost given up on using the word Modi ever since the general election results were announced on May 23, 2019, and the BJP won a landslide victory.
Old Kejriwal used to fiercely target Modi in election campaigns. For example, in 2019, Kejriwal wrote Modi’s name 27 times in his tweet. But 26 of these times before May 23, that is, before the 2019 general election results. After that, once on May 23, Arvind Kejriwal wrote Modi’s name in his tweet to congratulate the BJP. for the victory.
After May 23, Arvind Kejriwal stopped writing Modi’s name in his tweets. In 2020, Arvind once used the word, Modi. In 2021, Kejriwal did not take Modi’s name even once and he is also going down the same path in 2022.
Similarly, Party chief Aam Aadmi named Modi 53 times in 2019 in tweets made in Hindi, but all of these tweets were before May 23, 2019. Once in 2020 and even once in 2021, Kejriwal did not tweet. while writing Modi’s name. In 2022, Arvind Kejriwal took the name once, but then attacked Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and not Modi.
Why did Arvind Kejriwal adopt this strategy after all? Political analyst Neerja Choudhary says: “I think this move by Kejriwal is sensible. Although a lot of people will disagree with me. Arvind felt the attack on Modi could be a response and Modi is still popular with people. People may be unhappy with BJP, but think Modi is doing well.
Neerja says that Arvind Kejriwal has to run the government in Delhi and it is difficult without the cooperation of the Centre. In such a situation, he doesn’t want to fight directly. In Delhi, the role of the centre is more than the state government in governance and administration. In addition to the Delhi Police, the responsibility for the transfer and dispatch of bureaucrats also rests with the centre.
Arvind Kejriwal’s speech in the ongoing election campaign for the assembly is very cautious. Arvind Kejriwal is making very popular promises and showing the dream of a new state. Most of Arvind’s attack is against Congress, the BJP and the Badal family.
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