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David vs Goliath: Arvind Kejriwal is being bold, but is there substance to his claim of Arun Jaitley’s hand in DDCA pie?

It could be diversionary tactics. The CBI raid, incriminating Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, and in extension, Arvind Kejriwal, has ruffled the Delhi chief minister’s feathers, and he is fuming. Expert at digging out documents that implicates one and all, the novice politician has locked horns with the biggest name in Indian politics today, and is hitting back with a vengeance.

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Politics in India could be at its lowest ebb. While the nation is engaged in gunning for the passing of the new juvenile act, which calls for reducing the age of a prospective criminal from 18 to 16, the Delhi chief minister has successfully carved a new path for national debate. He has alleged that the finance minister was involved in the misappropriation of funds in the building of a full-fledged stadium for Delhi cricket.

Jaitley counteracted his charges with flamboyance, and logic, in the Parliament, but that will hardly subdue the noise. Mission accomplished, perhaps, for AK, India’s fledgling politician.

FM Arun Jaitley arrives at the Patiala House court to file defamation chargers against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his team in the DCCI case in New Delhi on monday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 211215

BJP MP Kirti Azad may have gone rogue, too. Being a former cricketer, he appears to have a deeper knowledge on what might have gone wrong, but his attitude on television seems no less vengeful that Kejriwal’s. Amit Shah and the BJP will need to decide whether Kirti Azad has any future in the party… if what he alleges holds true, he should not be removed, but if it turns out otherwise, he’ll find it hard, at such a young age, to find his footings in politics.

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The bitter fight between the Centre and the Delhi government, which is continuously finding an echo in Parliament, needs to stop now! India should have been angry at Kejriwal calling Narendra Modi a ‘coward’ and a ‘psychopath’. A textbook case of corruption is being given political colour for unrelated reasons… The use of such expressions for a mandated, popular Prime Minister is totally uncalled for, unwarranted, disgraceful, and condemnable.

But the gloves are off now, the ship has sailed.

Arun Jaitley could have chosen not to respond to rubbish, but he did. Sadly, even truth has no takers when everything has become about political vendetta. Maybe what AK says is right, but he cannot judge.

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Allege, and back off, and let the Courts take over.

Arvind Kejriwal’s biggest bragging rights lie in stopping the ‘Modi wave’ in Delhi. That’s history now. He says Modiji could not forget the debacle. His blood boils at the mention of his name, so he has resorted to revenge now and if he has his way, he will finish off AAP. He can stop being a psychologist and get back on track. He was chosen to provide basic necessities – bijli, sadak, paani.

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Rubi

Whether it’s women issues, politics or the paranormal, Rubi has an opinion on everything. Art and entertainment interest her, too. Hindu College alumni, she has written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, she loves picking up her camera to capture life and its various shades.

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