A Vishakhapatnam-based businessman, embarrassed by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s dressing sense, has sent him a demand draft of Rs 364 requesting Kejriwal to buy a decent pair of shoes and not attend important occasions wearing sandals.
Sumit Agrawal, a mechanical engineer, posted an open letter on Facebook saying that he read a report stating that Kejriwal met French President François Hollande at Rashtrapati Bhavan wearing sandals. “It broke my heart to see you like this. I’m deeply aggrieved. It’s sad that the Delhi Government does not even provide proper footwear to its employees whereas even micro scale industries (such as mine), with their lifetime budgets far lesser than Delhi Government’s daily budget, provide boots to their labourers free of cost!” he wrote.
And why Rs 364? Agrawal gives a reason. Because he is against donations to political parties, he did not send it from his own pocket: “I took to the streets to gather money to fund a pair of footwear for you. Due to time constraints, I could only go to every flat in my own & 2 adjacent buildings.”
Agarwal believes in “certain protocol”, which is to follow a certain dress code for a formal event, which — in Agarwal’s opinion — means closed shoes need to be worn and the CM should have adhered to a more formal dress code for the event. Though it’s not news that the CM has always portrayed himself as an ‘aam admi’, who is extremely down to earth and defies conventions of being a politician.
While there is no confirmation if the DD is authentic, this open letter has gone viral. Whether the CM’s footwear is a matter of “shame” or national concern can be heavily debated, so can the idea whether wearing Indian sandals to a formal event should be called out or not, but in the meanwhile it seems Kejriwal’s style statement is as much a topic of intrigue as his bete noire PM Narendra Modi.