Kejriwal’s austerity stunt

“Newsmaker Kejriwal yet again grabbed limelight for attending dinner at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, which was hosted by none other than President Pranab Mukherjee, wearing his slippers”


The dinner had in its guest list dignitaries as high profile as French President Francois Hollande. In such a dinner Kejriwal surely grabbed eyeballs by appearing in his slippers. But the question which would perhaps pop up to any ‘aam adami’ that do we need to go to this extend to demonstrate austerity or Delhi Chief Minister really cannot afford a simple pair of formal shoes?

While the entire nation hailed the much hyped “austerity measures” by Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal that include not staying in official bungalow nor using red beacon, but it soon became evident that these were nothing but poll-gimmicks or populist strategy to garner people’s sympathy!

After the recent self awarded 400% hike in the salary, Kejriwal draws Rs. 2.3 Lakh from the taxpayer’s exchequer every month – the highest in any state of the country, much higher than even the Prime Minister of India but he doesn’t have the money to buy a nice pair of shoes.


It is to be noted here that former president KR Narayanan had mandated dress codes for his guests for such gatherings. But our Pranab Da’ is more lenient giving liberty to Kejriwal to show-off his austere move.

The concept and belief Arvind Kejriwal is trying to propagate so hard – that the AAP is a congregation of some special people, devoid of the human lusts for power and money. He claims that only thing that keeps his party and its men motivated is utmost magical desire of serving the people and the country. Every political party has some committed members and AAP is no exception.

But Kejriwal’s AAP seemed to be a political party different from all other political parties in the world, comprised of an spotless bunch of saints, with severe moral values and dedicated to the betterment of human beings only. Human beings prefer a government of human beings, not of saints who are technically much above human sentiments.

Kejriwal’s strict adherence to severity, his concepts of the much clichéd  ‘plain living and high thinking’ on moral ground seems farce and an illusion to ‘aam aadmi.’

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