Why Arvind Kejriwal should not have cashed in on PM Modi’s mother going to bank

His tweet received considerable backlash, where people reminded Kejriwal that he too had been responsible of playing the family card in the past as well when he'd offered to “swear” on his children.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | New Delhi | Published:November 16, 2016 5:27 pm
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In the recent theatrics of Indian politics, Arvind Kejriwal called out on Modi by tweeting that the Prime Minister made his 96-year-old mother stand in a queue in Gandhinagar to take out Rs 4,500 from the bank. The Chief Minister labeled it a political ploy, saying when the country was plummeting into a financial breakdown, the PM pulled out the ‘family card’ the moment he began receiving negative media attention. It was a strategic attempt by Modi, Kejriwal insinuated, to slip in an emotionally-charged element in the political drama, to convey to the common people that like them, Modi’s own mother, Heeraben Modi, had queued up with humility. That she, regardless of being the Prime Minister’s mother, was refusing to accept special privileges.

His tweet received considerable backlash, where people reminded Kejriwal that he too had been responsible of playing the family card in the past as well when he’d offered to “swear” on his children. In Kejriwal’s defense, AAP leader Ashish Khetan told India Today that Modi’s mother’s visit to the bank was used as an “emotional spin to the pain and suffering the country [was] going through.”

Modi’s mother, however, has been known for being an independent woman. When Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, Heeraben was offered a Special Protection Group cover, which she apparently declined. In similar vein, she stepped out to visit the bank as an ordinary citizen, without an entourage of SPG officers.

Most of his arguments against Modi's step to “clean up black money” have been in the form of personal jibes on Modi and BJP. Heeraben Modi exchanged Rs 4,500 for new currency notes. (Express photo)

In the quagmire of politics, there are far greater concerns that should be raised and introduced to mainstream conversations, questions of greater significance should be voiced on social media by a Chief Minister, rather than scrutinising the ulterior motive of an old lady queuing up to change her money. Overall, Kejriwal’s strategy seems to be constant combat. Most of his arguments against Modi’s step to “clean up black money” have been in the form of personal jibes on Modi and BJP. In times like these, as a Chief Minister of Delhi, it might be more productive to offer solutions and ways of mitigating the problem.

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    anonymous
    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:59 am
    These two political parties have nothing to offer to the people. They both are rattled and frustrated completely. They do not know what to do. They are actually misleading the people. But people in Modi's time are very smart.
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      Jonnalagadda Achyutananda
      Nov 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm
      The cheap politics of politics of arvind kejriwal are repulsive to nauseating.the CM of Delhi is not any CM material but also his mean political stunts turned person previously behind him distanced to him.but this trauma of his rule cannot be escaped by Delhi citizens till another election.
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        indian
        Nov 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm
        Mr. Kejriwal's comments are unbecoming of his chair
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          Bharat
          Nov 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm
          Kejriwal - constantly accusing but having delivered zero in Delhi. The original leadership decimated and now run by a bunch of opportunists. Why oh why Delhi voters got duped so easily.
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            Chander Pal
            Nov 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm
            Delhi has to tolerate him as his bonded voters. Words like another low, gutter politics, cheap etc do not amply describe his heneous way of politics. The true "PASCHATAP" will be to hand him zero seats in next elections without falling victim to his freebies. But that is still 4 loooong years away.
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              Dinesh
              Nov 17, 2016 at 11:10 am
              Kejriwal never had breast milk instead he Pigs milk
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                Dinesh
                Nov 17, 2016 at 11:29 am
                People who Down voted are Pigs ARSHE
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                  IML sood
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm
                  This Khujli,the cheap not chief minister of Delhi whose actual head is LG,wants cheap publicity.Can any one,means anyone except his slave Aaptard can count a single welfare work for the people of Delhi except creating chaos and abuses towards others to hide his failure. No need for any advice to this dumb who even did not listen to Anna whose name he misused to win election.A shameless repulsive creature.
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                    Junu
                    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:08 am
                    Everybody else should sacrifice but not me ... this atude is probably in our DNA. Jawans are sacrificing their lives to protect us .. so what? If it would have been a natural calamities.. can we ask the Mother Nature please give us some so that we can prepare ... that's the difference between us and the western countries.
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                      Lp pant
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                      Switch-off when Kerri appears in Tv screens .This is the only remedy for a man like him
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                        Neeraj
                        Nov 17, 2016 at 1:19 am
                        33 deaths so far but for Modi it does not matter if toll reaches 3300. He kept watching macre of 2500 innocents for 3 days in Gujarat before Bajpai intervene. Modi and Sahah have been murdering people who spoke against their atrocities. Very dangerous people in power is big threat for w country.
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                          SubbuI
                          Nov 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                          WHY KEJARIWAL HAS NOT SPOKEN ABOUT ATLEAST SEVEN 90PLUS ORDINARY INDIAN INCLUDIND THE ONE OLD MAN DIED IN GOUHATHI.IT IS ONLY BECAUCE SHE IS OUR GOD MODI MOTHER LIKE DEVKI MA. OUR GREAT LEASDER MODI NEVER ASKED THE TV CREW AND Z TV TO SHOW THAT SHOT 128 TIMES .THEY DID BECAUCE THE LOVE OUR ULTIMATE LEADER WHO IS GOING TO CARRY NUECLEAR ATTACK ON STHAN VERY SHORTLYDIA IS MODI and MODI IS INDIA- JAI MODI-HAIL MODI
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                            Viswanath
                            Nov 17, 2016 at 3:47 am
                            Kujliwala can go to any extent to get space in m media,since Rs.500 cr budget ear marked by him in Delhi was already spent without much impact.
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                              Benaami
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm
                              Absolutely right on the money ! Who would put 96 years elderly mother in the queue ? It can happen only in India!
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                                abhaykumar
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm
                                Anique your mother will goto disco with black money ..but only till 30 th Dec all thieves upset
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                                  Achal
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                                  Well written! Kejriwal used to shout at the top of his voice sitting next to Anna about black money. When PM did something against black money, he started making personal comments, really cheap comments unbecoming of a lawmaker. lt;br/gt;People were with Anna's fight against corruption and took off from office, did candle March, distributed poori sabzi, etc in Ram Lila ground. They donated money in cash, through cheques. Nobody complained even though result of campaign was not sure. Today also same people are with PM in his fight against corruption. That day is not far when next campaign would be against Arvind Kejriwal, Mulayam and Mamta. Congress has no right. I remember in 1980s and 1990s due to bad policies we used to wait for ration, kerosene and coal and the pain of wait was far more than wait in front of ATM. ATM wait will finish soon but Congress let us live with licence Raj, queues for 50 years. Rahul hi should apologise for the sons of her g mother and father instead of finding faults in good work.
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                                    ams
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:30 pm
                                    Is dear Lord Modi giving any evidence when he claims 'sawa lakh karod' black money has come back to India???? Do you ever ask evidence to Modi ????
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                                      ams
                                      Nov 16, 2016 at 10:25 pm
                                      No one is saying anything bad about Modi's mother. Now nation's biggest patriot Arnab Goswami will conduct a separate debate on this!!!!
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                                        Harikrishnan
                                        Nov 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm
                                        Though he is the CM of small state/territory like Delhi, ,most of the time his job seem to be making wild accusation against BJP leaders. Yesterday most of the TV news channels were telecasting live what we was saying against Modi. He is continuing to do all this because because the media is listening to him, nobody else.
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                                          sandy
                                          Nov 17, 2016 at 8:16 am
                                          One can't take care of her mother and he supposed to care of common people. See around your society and you will know what short of people do like this.
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                                            Anand Sudan
                                            Nov 16, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                                            Kejriwal is now a toy in the hands of the black money. This man who came to politics to root out corruption has now become a spoke person of the black moneylobby. He came in politics using corruption as an issue and making Anna Hazare as a tool. Noew it has proved that actually he is not interested in rooting out corruption, but he was using it as a weapon to achieve his political ambition. Kejri, Mamta, Rahul ,Mulayam, Maya, Yechuri, Thakre,Pawar and the like are all fighting for the black money lobbiyists
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