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Karat hits out at Kejriwal over his tweets on Jain monk’s speech

india Updated: Aug 29, 2016 14:10 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times
Tarun Sagar Maharaj ji

Jain monk Tarun Sagar speaks at the Haryana assembly in Chandigarh on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Politburo member of the CPI(M), Brinda Karat, has hit out at Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal over his tweets on Jain monk Tarun Sagar’s speech at Haryana assembly .

“Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj is a very revered saint, not just for Jains but everyone. Those showing disrespect is unfortunate and should stop,” Kejriwal tweeted on Saturday after music composer Vishal Dadlani triggered a row by calling Sagar’s speech as “monkery”.

Karat, the politburo member in-charge of Delhi, attacked Kejriwal over his tweet: “State assembly is place to revere secular constitution. @ArvindKejriwal Don’t set wrong precedence.”

While a section of the CPI(M) is sympathetic to Kejriwal and finds many common areas of ideology, another section led by Karat has not taken kindly to Kejriwal’s style of governance and politics. Being in charge of Delhi and trying to revive the party’s fortune in the national capital, Karat has clearly decided to take the AAP head on.

Undeterred by Karat’s tweets, Kejriwal continued to back Tarun Sagar, this time talking about his personal experience with the monk.

“I met Shri Tarun Sagar ji Maharaj last year. Our family regularly listens to his discourses on TV. We deeply respect him and his thoughts,” he said.

The CPI(M) leader further asked Kejriwal if he supported “values that promote wifely obedience to husband’s discipline”.

A few years ago, the gutsy CPI(M) leader had taken on yoga guru Ramdev, questioning the quality of his medicines.

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