Arvind Kejriwal, the L’Enfant terrible of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has a thing for skirmishes. He loves to start a fight, but scoot to safety the moment his opponent challenges him to come into the ring. Recently, Twitteratti had a field day when the Delhi Chief Minister locked horns with Punjab heavyweight Amarinder Singh, the state Congress head.
A day after Kejriwal launched his party’s election trade manifesto in Punjab, Twitter exploded with a bitter verbal duel between the AAP leader and Singh. While both the politicos hurled insults at each other, Amarinder Singh challenged the Delhi CM for an open debate. Kejriwal’s AAP has been leaving no stone unturned to familiarize Punjab’s masses with the party. They have taken on sensitive issues like drug abuse in Punjab, and hope to turn it against the leading government run by BJP-backed Akali Dal.
But when cornered into getting onto a duel to debate about the issues of Punjab, the AAP chief chickened out, and how! Not someone who likes being told what to do, Kejriwal picked up the tactic that people with lack of courage usually do: offense being the best defense. He said the usual mumbo-jumbo of being ready for a duel, but, ONLY with Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi, Congress brass, and Singh’s party superiors.
Like, really? So Kejriwal thinks he is a national leader, and it’s beneath his stature to involve in a debate with a regional political leader like Amarinder Singh? So much for flaunting himself to be an “aam aadmi’s” leader. Why these double standards, Mr CM? No problems whatsoever in dreaming big, but why this conceited superiority complex?
Assembly polls in Punjab are just few months away, and AAP has announced that it will win majority. May be it will. But then Amarinder might be in the Opposition. Would Arvind Kejriwal then shake his head like a spoilt brat, refusing to speak to Singh? I don’t think so!
Kejriwal can’t be forever acting like a passive bully, only showing an uncanny bravado in taking on political heavyweights on the digital space. Kejriwal has been crying hoarse in a bid to gain some reaction from Modi. An attention-seeker, he has been saying the nastiest things about Prime Minister Narendra Modi for quite some time now. It’s another thing that the PM has refused to acknowledge any of his childish foul accusations.
And now, by refusing to talk to Amarinder Singh, Kejriwal has proved how much in awe he is of PM Modi. The Delhi CM might not admit it, but Narendra Modi is his alter ego. The PM is everything that Kejriwal is not, and in denying to talk to a “smaller leader”, Kejriwal has emulated Modi.