Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s outburst on Tuesday when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward and a psychopath” for the CBI raid on his office mirrors a long-running feud between his AAP government and the BJP-led Centre.
The CBI quickly responded that offices of his secretary, Rajendra Kumar, were searched because of a complaint against him. But the AAP saw a bigger design behind the raid, saying it was a ruse to dig up dirt on Kejriwal.
The chief minister has been at odds with the Centre - mostly over land and law and order - since he came to power in February with a crushing poll victory over the BJP. He accuses the Centre of trying to run Delhi by proxy through lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung, calling him the ruling-BJP’s puppet.
But Kejriwal’s tweets on Tuesday took the fight to a different plain, firing directly at bitter rival Modi who had earlier called him a “Pakistani agent” and an “anarchist who should join the Naxals in the jungles”.
Here are some of his blasts from the past.
May 25, 2015: The Delhi high court gave Kejriwal a small victory when it ordered that the Delhi anti-corruption bureau was to take orders from the city government and not the Centre. Kejriwal’s sense of vindication was on Twitter for all to see: “Today’s HC judgement a huge embarrassment for central govt.”
September 26, 2015: Despite Jung and Kejriwal’s longstanding acrimony, when some BJP lawmakers called for replacing the L-G, the chief minister tweeted: “Removing him will not help. His successor would also do the same if PMO kept interfering.. Real solution is PMO should stop interfering in Delhi.”
October 17, 2015: Following three rapes within a week in October, Kejriwal lashed out at the Centre and reiterated his demand for full authority over the police department. “Repeated rape of minors is shameful and worrying. The Delhi Police has completely failed to provide safety. What are the PM and his LG doing?”
December 5, 2015: Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Kejriwal took a jibe at the Prime Minister’s foreign trips. “Some people are touring the world. I’ve hardly left Delhi ever since I became chief minister. I’m working for you all.”
December 13, 2015: A demolition drive at Shakur Basti slums by the railway ministry gave Kejriwal more ammunition to fire at the Centre. “Railways have demolished 500 shanties in this extreme cold. One child has died. God will never forgive them.”