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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