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Kejriwal, Amarinder get into bitter Twitter war over debate challenge

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Amarinder Singh on Monday locked horns on social media after the AAP chief accused the Congress’ Punjab CM hopeful of using “drug money” in his campaign.

punjab Updated: Oct 24, 2016 21:33 IST
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Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh.(HT File Photos)

The Twitter war between Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday took things to another level when Delhi chief minister Kejriwal, in his reply to Amarinder’s tweet, agreed to an open debate, though not for himself.

Kejriwal suggested four names: “I suggest 4 names- H S Phoolka, Jarnail Singh, Bhagwant or Gurpreet. (sic)”.

In his response, Amarinder accused the Delhi CM of “hiding behind others.”

At this, Kejriwal replied again, saying he was ready for debate with Congress national president Sonia Gandhi or vice-president Rahul Gandhi, while the AAP’s Punjab leaders would debate Amarinder.

Amarinder was not amused. Saying that Kejriwal had “chickened out”, he shot back accusing him of not behaving like an “aam aadmi” (common man), and of only wanting to debate “PM & Presidents of parties!”.

But Kejriwal did not stop. He tweeted in reply, this time in Hindi, saying that it “would’ve been good if Amarinder had agreed to a debate with the AAP Punjab team”. He also wondered why “army of BJP supporters” was “defending” Amarinder, apparently taking a dig at the Twitter responses to the challenge.

The duo had locked horns on social media after the AAP chief accused the Congress’ Punjab CM hopeful of using “drug money” in his campaign.

Singh put out a stinging response to Kejriwal, saying he was “hallucinating” and seeing things that “don’t exist”. The two leaders have been increasingly trading barbs on Twitter as the Assembly election nears.

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“Sir, ppl talking in Punjab that u using (Bikram Singh) Majithia’s drug money in ur campaign. Is it true? U had saved him from CBI enquiry 3 yrs back (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.

Majithia is Punjab’s revenue minister.

The Punjab Congress chief was quick to respond, saying Kejriwal was “seeing stars during the day”.

“When your hopes crash from 100 to 30 & still sliding, you’re bound to hallucinate & see things that don’t exist,” Singh tweeted.

Kejriwal has been alleging a “nexus” between Congress and the ruling Akalis in poll-bound Punjab. He has dubbed Singh their “joint chief ministerial candidate”.

“Sir, Badals closed corruption cases against u just a few months before elections. Why? Punjab asking what’s the deal?” Kejriwal had tweeted yesterday, responding to which Singh asked the AAP chief to “set his own house in order, before he sets his sights on Punjab”.

Kejriwal was referring to Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s clean chit to Singh in his alleged role in the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam case. (PTI inputs)