Arvind Kejriwal accused of influencing TV interview

The leaked video which went viral on the internet has left Aam Aadmi Party red-faced.

New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2014 8:49 am

The Aam Aadmi Party has been left red-faced by a video on YouTube which seems to indicate party convenor and former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought to influence his portrayal in a TV interview. 

The video — of a conversation between Kejriwal and Aaj Tak associate editor Punya Prasoon Bajpai after Kejriwal had been interviewed on February 14 following his resignation as CM — shows Kejriwal telling the interviewer to play up a certain segment of their interaction and speaking about why he wants to avoid a subject.

The video opens with Kejriwal speaking in Hindi to Bajpai about why he does not want to talk about the “corporate vala” because the middle class would turn against them.

Kejriwal says: “That is a little theoretical, what you were talking about, the middle class will turn against us, that we are against the private sector, against companies, which is why I’m not getting into that.”

At what seems to be the end of the interview, Kejriwal asks Bajpai to play up a certain part: “Run that part more.”

Bajpai seems to agree and says: “No, no that will run, that Bhagat Singh part, there will be strong reaction to that.”

The video drew sharp criticism from politicians, with Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, calling the interview an exercise in “cultivating a particular image”. “Friendly and collusive interviews intended to cultivate a particular image is a strategy of the AAP. This clearly shows the party and its leader pretending to be what they are not. They project the image of themselves which is unreal. Between reality and projection there is a complete mismatch,” Jaitley wrote in his blog.

AAP, however, denied there was any wrongdoing and said the video intended to malign. “The interview was shown live and without any cuts, and this is purely an attempt by vested interests to malign us. Arvindji has not said or done anything wrong, and this is a desperate attempt to show him in poor light,” an AAP spokesperson said.

A statement from Aaj Tak said the clip was being circulated as part of a motivated campaign to malign its reputation.

“The Kejriwal interview was aired live in full on February 14, 2014 on all platforms of the India Today Group. In the conversation, Arvind Kejriwal is asking the anchor to highlight parts of the interview. The India Today Group wishes to categorically state that no part of the interview was edited by our network,” it said.

“The entire interview was telecast live. Even during the repeat broadcast the entire content of the interview was carried unedited. Aaj Tak has maintained its lead as the most watched news channel in India for 13 years by upholding the highest standard of journalistic integrity. India Today Group does not believe that media should take sides or choose favourites.”

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    akgrover
    Mar 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    Yes, he has the right to tell anchor to avoid certain parts because that will annoy the middle cl. After all he is there to gather votes of aam admi. Itna to chalta hai, bhai!
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      C.Dutta
      Mar 12, 2014 at 3:46 am
      Arvind must be very careful to make any statement that cause problem to AAP. We all are behind him,let him also expose corruption of congress party and price rise ,unemployment problem and most important stash huge money in foreign banks.
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        Gary
        Mar 13, 2014 at 10:56 am
        Everytime either runs or defends himself from the odds....but never produce results kejri is talking to a TV anchor and not his party member...that clearly states he is against the corporate but dont want to project as being one..Why then TV anchors like him attack other politicians left right centre when he agrees to Kejriwals defence??
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          jai
          Mar 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm
          Nothing wrong. And its just co incidence that the very same group also gave Kejri a lift in their private jet to delhi. What we get is alms and what others get is corruption?Many a time, a single hypocrite cannot do much harm. It is the those people with half baked brains, who propel these hit and run characters to undeserving heights, wh oare to blame.
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            jai
            Mar 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm
            You wish!!!! :P
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              jaihind101
              Mar 11, 2014 at 12:41 am
              KEJRI HAS USED HELICOPTER OF INDIATODAY GROUP, PEOPLE OF INDIA KEJRI AND HIS PARTY IS NOT CLEAN , THEY ARE BUNCH OF ANTI NATIONALS
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                Krishna Kumar
                Mar 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm
                Nothing wrong in asking anchor to highlight important points
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                  P.S.Arunachalam Arunachalam
                  Mar 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm
                  India Today donated the services of a helicopter in lieu of cash or cheque.
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