One of the Aam Aadmi Party’s MPs feels Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has “overreacted” to the CBI raids on his principal secretary’s office and that his remarks have “dented his image”. Dharam Vira Gandhi, elected from Patiala, was suspended for alleged anti-party activities in August but continues to be an AAP MP in the Lok Sabha. “The sharp criticism and reaction is not good for our party’s leader. Despite any provocative action, the political dialogue… its decency should be maintained at all costs,” he said.
Gandhi, who stood at his seat in the Lok Sabha Wednesday in protest against the CBI raid but did not follow his colleague Bhagwant Mann into the well, cited the prime minister’s act of offering Mann a glass of water as “balanced behaviour”. “Yesterday, Modiji achieved such a feat. Mann was speaking and then felt thirsty and the PM offered him a glass of water. He floored us there,” Gandhi told The Indian Express.
Asked about Kejriwal’s description of the PM as a “coward” and “psychopath”, Gandhi said that “in a political dialogue, irrespective of bitterness and difference in ideology” a “decency of language” has to be maintained.
“What saddens me is that his saying these things has lowered his stature. His image as a mature leader has got dented,” Gandhi said, adding he felt “sorry for Mr Kejriwal” for having lowered his stature. “Nobody in the political class (has liked the comments)… even the people who supported him on floor of the Rajya Sabha, they said they don’t approve of these words of Mr Kejriwal,” he said.