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Mind Your Own Business Delhi’s “Jailed Chief Minister”

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By EMN Updated: May 13, 2024 11:22 pm

M Chuba Ao

BJP National Vice President

My attention was drawn to the statement made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He is trying to suggest that our esteemed leader and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji should retire next year. Firstly, it is none of his business.

Secondly, it is not expected from a learned and educated young man like Shri Kejriwal’s calibre. Thirdly and perhaps more importantly, Shri Kejriwal is showing some kind of mental depression and utter frustration as he has just come out of the jail after 50-day stay in Tihar. AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister will have to surrender before agencies and law enforcing agencies on June 2.

Whether he deserved such a special treatment to be released on an interim bail is a legal issue and I need not comment on that. The Lordships know how to decide on the merit of a case. But what has struck is the utter irresponsibility he is showing about a popular mass leader – that is Shri Modi ji – who is not in his party.

Shri Modi ji belongs to BJP and every BJP karyakartas like the undersigned look upon him as one of the superb Prime Ministers of India and world leaders produced in the recent past. Our Prime Minister is providing the leadership and given India a new prestige in the comity of nations.

Thus, a man like Kejriwal – who will be back behind bars on June 2 – should focus on his mental statement of mind and the right dosage of his insulin. I do not want to sound more bitter about a young man who otherwise has some qualities otherwise.

Modi ji and his government deserve all credit for guiding India towards greater glories. We are now the fifth largest economy and this has happened despite the Covid crisis of 2020 and 2021. Now India, that is Bharat, is poised to be only behind the US and China by 2030.

This would not have been possible without Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs.

Notwithstanding all the challenges, Modi has kept the mood of the nation positive and highly optimistic. This is possible only with a leader who is there day in and day out concerned about his people round the clock. A phrase often used for a sporting skipper – is a man who leads the team from the front. Well, that is Narendra Modi.

Hence the age factor should not matter and it should never bother a ‘jailed and bailed’ leader like Arvind Kejriwal.

Strategically and on the economic front, the challenge before the nation is to seize the opportunity. The BJP is confident of winning the ongoing elections and 400 plus is our joint target for the BJP-led NDA.

The broad message of our developmental journey is sustained improvement in infrastructures and good roads. It is also in the true spirt of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas – that is Development for All with the participation of All.

In the changing global order, there are ample opportunities for India to strive hard for newer heights. The ongoing elections will give a renewed and enhanced mandate to Shri Modi ji. It will give a boost to India’s overall national confidence.

Before one concludes, I am reminded of two Prime Ministers – Atal Bihari Vajpayee and P V Narasimha Rao.

Born in 1924, Vajpayee first became Prime Minister at the age of 74 in 1996. And he made India proud. During his tenure as prime minister, India carried out the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. Vajpayee sought to improve diplomatic relations with Pakistan, travelling to Lahore by bus to meet with Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

Mr Kejriwal will do well to read some old books or surf internet to understand that Congress stalwart P V Narasimha Rao had almost sought retirement in 1991. But he came back as his fate and his party had decided so. Born in 1021, Rao became Prime Minister in 1991 on the 21st June and he was in office till May 16, 1996.

Hence, the final appeal to AAP leader Delhi Chief Minister is – try something else to confuse genuine BJP Karyakarta. In BJP, personal ambition does not matter like in Kejriwal’s party. I would also take this opportunity and urge him to think yet again, whether he should continue as a jailed Chief Minister. Instead of indulging in silly talks, he should resign and he can take a page out of Lalu Prasad’s life and make his wife the Chief Minister. We will welcome that because that will expose him and other opposition parties that propriety does not matter to them all.

We need not make any reference to the Congress party at this juncture. We have also taken a jaundiced view of a section of Indian intellectuals and media who are not protesting why a ‘jailed’ man should continue as Chief Minister.

So, an elderly advice, Mind Your own Business and step down first as Chief Minister and only after that when you are back in jail, Mr Kejriwal, you can think of other people’s retirement.

Ends

(Views are Personal)

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By EMN Updated: May 13, 2024 11:22:54 pm
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