AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal flying business class on Thursday has caused a furore with alleged BJP supporters attacking him on social media for ‘living lavishly’.
But AAP supporters retaliated in equal measure. Musician Vishal Dadlani tweeted: “Any person knows when an organisation decides to give someone an award, & invite that person, they send tickets.”
Kejriwal is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Columbia University on Sunday. He has been invited to speak at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The speech is one of his most important engagements in the packed schedule for New York.
The AAP convenor left for a five-day trip to Dubai and New York on Thursday afternoon. He will be in Dubai till Saturday evening from where he will proceed to New York.
“No fundraising programme has been planned or proposed for Dubai as has been wrongly reported by a section of the media,” said a statement by the party.
AAP member Ankit Lal tweeted: “You targeted muffler, we replied with #MufflerMan. You targeted donations, we replied with #Donate4RT. You target foreign trip! Reply on way!”
A needless controversy has also been created about Kejriwal’s travel plans, the party said in a press statement.
“The party wants to make it clear that the entire programme for Kejriwal’s five-day trip has already been made public and the ticket for his tour has been arranged by his IIT batch mates and organizers. The party is surprised at the attempts to rake up an unnecessary issue when all details are in the public domain,” it said.
“AAP puts all details about its funds and sources in the public domain and challenges other political parties to reveal their sources of funds,” the statement read.