Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s silence these last few days has received as much attention as AAP’s bruising internal crisis. But in his naturopathy camp in faraway Bengaluru, the AAP chief isn’t wary of taking to people about the troubles ailing his party.
Kejriwal speaks at Bangalore ashram:
“I fight a lot in my party when people say ‘we have won Delhi, we can win elsewhere too’. I am not Napoleon who has entered (the arena) to win. I want to change the system,” Kejriwal told fellow residents on March 8, three days after he joined the camp to treat a chronic cough and high blood sugar levels.
These are the first words from Kejriwal addressing the rift in AAP, brought to a head on March 4 by the expulsion of rebel leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the party’s top decision-making body. Since then, the CM has been accused of horse-trading and communal politics.
Apart from opponents, several AAP volunteers have questioned the CM’s absence in the Capital, resurrecting the “bhagora” (deserter) tag thrust on him when he quit last year after 49 days at the helm.
Kejriwal is undergoing treatment for respiratory problems at the Jindal Naturecure Institute here. Sources, who shared a video of his short speech, said several residents of the camp had requested an interaction with him.
In the video, Kejriwal is also seen singing the song Yehi Paigham Hamara from the 1959 film Paigham with others joining in.
Kejriwal singing a song at Bangalore naturopathy centre: